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  It is hard for a greedy eye to have an honest heart.  
 -  Scottish proverb
  

  Water quenches thirst and food sates our hunger, but no amount of gold will satisfy greed.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  The greedy man stores all but friendship.  
 -  Irish proverb
  

  Covetousness is never satisfied till its mouth is filled with earth.  
 -  Dutch proverb
  

  When all other sins are old avarice is still young.  
 -  French proverb
  

  Greed comes into one's heart to steal peace of mind.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Avarice commonly occasions injury to the person who displays it.  
 -  Mexican proverb
  

  Avarice is the root of all evil.  
 -  African proverb, Swahili
  

  Greedy folk have long arms.  
 -  Scottish proverb
  

  A greedy eye had never a full belly.  
 -  Scottish proverb
  

  Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Avarice and happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted?  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Most of the time stocks are subject to irrational and excessive price fluctuations in both directions as the consequence of the ingrained tendency of most people to speculate or gamble to give way to hope, fear and greed.  
 -  Benjamin Graham
  

  What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough.  
 -  Bertolt Brecht
  

  Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.  
 -  Bill Gates
  

  The human heart is greedy; it will use religion, color, or any other excuse to justify its greed. Blame the human heart.  
 -  Bono
  

  Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind; delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.  
 -  Buddha
  

  Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator
  

  Money is not evil... Money makes you more of what you are now. If you're a greedy jerk without money, you'll be a greedy jerk with money too. But if you enjoy giving to others even when you didn't really have much to give, just think what you'll be able to do when you're rich!  
 -  Dave Ramsey
  

  One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish our needs from our greeds.  
 -  Don Robinson
  

  Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.  
 -  Edward Abbey
  

  Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.  
 -  Edwin Way Teale
  

  Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.  
 -  Erich Fromm
  

  New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed - a race for rent.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.  
 -  Friedrich Engels
  

  The world says: 'You have needs - satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don't hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.' This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  I have been called a lot of things due to my commitment to action - a workaholic, obsessive, greedy, never satisfied, driven, and even maniac... I have never had someone who is more successful than I am considering my excessive action to be a bad thing - because successful people know firsthand what it takes to achieve this kind of success.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  More money isn't greed - it's duty.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.  
 -  Henry A. Wallace
  

  It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  How slight and insignificant is the thing which casts down or restores a mind greedy for praise.  
 -  Horace
  

  Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.  
 -  Garrison Keillor
  

  I have been called a lot of things due to my commitment to action - a workaholic, obsessive, greedy, never satisfied, driven, and even maniac... I have never had someone who is more successful than I am considering my excessive action to be a bad thing - because successful people know firsthand what it takes to achieve this kind of success.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  More money isn't greed - it's duty.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.  
 -  Henry A. Wallace
  

  It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  How slight and insignificant is the thing which casts down or restores a mind greedy for praise.  
 -  Horace
  

  If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect.  
 -  Jacques-Yves Cousteau
  

  Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.  
 -  Janwillem van de Wetering
  

  If it weren't for greed, intolerance, hate, passion and murder, you would have no works of art, no great buildings, no medical science, no Mozart, no Van Gough, no Muppets and no Louis Armstrong.  
 -  Jasper Fforde
  

  If you think of life as like a big pie, you can try to hold the whole pie and kill yourself trying to keep it, or you can slice it up and give some to the people around you, and you still have plenty left for yourself.  
 -  Jay Leno
  

  Most of the mess that is called history comes about because kings and presidents cannot be satisfied with a nice chicken and a good loaf of bread.  
 -  Jennifer Donnelly
  

  If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick.  
 -  John Steinbeck
  

  There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn't understand.  
 -  Robert G. Allen
  

  For greed all nature is too little.  
 -  Seneca
  

  Greed's worst point is its ingratitude.  
 -  Seneca
  

  It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor.  
 -  Seneca
  

  If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.  
 -  St. Francis of Assisi
  

  Money is good. Greed is not good. However, there is no reason why you can't be very rich, stinking rich, in fact, and still be an extremely spiritual and wonderfully generous person - aligned to the God Force, with a huge heart and compassion for everyone you meet.  
 -  Stuart Wilde
  

  The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

  Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.  
 -  Syrus
  

  Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.  
 -  Thomas Harris
  

  Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: For it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled his faith.  
 -  Thomas Merton
  

  A cheater will cheat no matter how good you treat them. Cheating isn't always about being unhappy, sometimes its about pleasure and greed.  
 -  Unknown
  

  We're not anti-wealth. We're anti-greed. We're not anti-business. We're anti-monopoly. We're not anti-government. We're anti-corruption.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Animal cruelty is like a sick focus point at one extreme of almost universal raping of mother nature for mans greed.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works.  
 -  Wall Street, 1987
  

  Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  As long as he fears or remembers insecurity, man is a competitive animal. Groups, classes, nations and races similarly insecure compete as covetously as their constituent individuals, and more violently, knowing less law and having less protection; Nature calls all living things to the fray.  
 -  Will Durant