Top 149 Greed Quotes

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“Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it – their shareholders would revolt at anything less.”

― Aaron Swartz

“Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger.”

― Abu Bakr

“I think the main focus in America is – is basically greed.”

― Adam Yauch

“There is nothing wrong with being well off as long as money has a social and ethical value and is not the object of one’s own greed.”

― Aga Khan IV

“Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.”

― Amy Lowell

“While neurological studies have tried to identify components responsible for fear and greed, the impact on finance is less clear.”

― Andrew Lo

“The ethos on Wall Street has not changed, and that’s not going to come from the corner office. That’s going to come, for better or worse, from Washington, and the whole idea of greed is still good, that is still pervasive.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist.”

― Andrew Weil

“Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue.”

― Andy Stanley

“Wall Street has been beset with problems. The cycle of greed and personal aggrandizement and lifestyle grandstanding is an affront to any American.”

― Anthony Scaramucci

“This America has been the country of greed rather than the country of need.”

― Ariel Dorfman

“Greed and globalization aren’t just America’s fault.”

― Arlo Guthrie

“We didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn’t come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn’t do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.”

― Barack Obama

“Greed is a basic part of animal nature. Being against it is like being against breathing or eating. It means nothing.”

― Ben Stein

“It means zero to be against greed.”

― Ben Stein

“Microsoft is not about greed. It’s about innovation and fairness.”

― Bill Gates

“The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.”

― Bodhidharma

“What we’re seeing now is that greed is still alive and kicking, and banks are bigger than ever.”

― Brad Pitt

“Deregulation created this epidemic of greed which according to the rules of capitalism was OK. Beyond that there was criminal behaviour. There have been no repercussions and it’s hard to make your peace with.”

― Brad Pitt

“Obviously you have to make a profit to put out a newspaper. I’m not an idiot. But when the margins are in excess of 25 per cent you’re talking about greed.”

― Carl Hiaasen

“Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.”

― Channing Pollock

“The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.”

― Charles Kuralt

“There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.”

― Charles Kuralt

“There is a greed case for diversity. Diverse perspectives bring us into markets we didn’t know existed.”

― Chris Sacca

“We can’t allow any war for imperialism or greed to be fought in our names. This is what we need to keep fighting for.”

― Cindy Sheehan

“I have nothing against rich brothers and sisters. Pray for ’em every day. But callousness and indifference, greed and avarice is something that’s shot through all of us.”

― Cornel West

“It’s impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands.”

― Cornel West

“We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Supreme Court decisions.”

― Cornel West

“The opposite of corporate greed is personal generosity. Government policies that enable the former and prevent the latter are both worthy of protest.”

― Cynthia Dill

“Ideology that believes government is bad, and that public institutions and places are not valuable, is as destructive as corporate greed.”

― Cynthia Dill

“Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.”

― Cyril Connolly

“Moliere exaggerates common vices of mankind: lust, greed, misanthropy, hypocrisy. We all have a touch of these.”

― Dakin Matthews

“I didn’t do it because of the underlying greed that’s prevailing, but it is about greed, doing the right thing at the right time using your clout when you have it and what for and what reason.”

― Danny DeVito

“I used to get in trouble with my old agent, because I’ve never been driven by fear or need or greed. I want my work to represent me as a person, so I can be quite fussy.”

― Darren Boyd

“I don’t like greed, I don’t like ignorance. I really don’t like anger. But I love love.”

― David Crosby

“Wall Street is broken for sure because it succumbed to greed and corruption and pure speculation with no values.”

― Deepak Chopra

“It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.”

― Democritus

“They have stolen the public lands. They have grasped all to themselves, and by their unprincipled greed brought a crisis of unparalleled distress on forty millions of people, who have natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter the whole human race.”

― Denis Kearney

“People always ask me for my secret. There isn’t one. You’ve just got to keep a level head and stay away from greed, which is the worst thing that can happen to a successful person.”

― Dennis Washington

“What the advertisers are trying to do by eliminating residuals is the most appalling form of greed that I cry thinking about it.”

― Diane Ladd

“Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.”

― Eartha Kitt

“We all seem to be about aggression and greed. It’s a massive pressure that affects us all.”

― Eric Cantona

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

― Erich Fromm

“Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well, as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information with consequent mental indigestion.”

― Etty Hillesum

“What I loathe is the multi-national conglomerates who must take responsibility for the degradation and pollution of so much of our landscape with their factory farming and greed.”

― Fay Godwin

“From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.”

― Friedrich Engels

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

― Garrison Keillor

“People have become obsessed with the greed of celebrity and self-branding and wanting to be known and recognized and succeed in some way, and they’re not prepared to share and help each other.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“People talk about Wall Street greed, but one of the things many people don’t understand is that there are a lot of organizations that have been the recipient of largess from the same Wall Street.”

― Geoffrey Canada

“Everything I had been taught to regard as a vice – and I still regard them as vices – under Thatcherism was in fact a virtue: Greed, selfishness, no care for the weaker, sharp elbows, sharp knees.”

― Glenda Jackson

“We have to knock down the barriers erected by greed, special interests, powerful forces.”

― Hillary Clinton

“Buddhism talks about the possibility of transforming greed, hatred, and delusion. But sometimes need turns into greed.”

― Jack Kornfield

“The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed.”

― Jack Palance

“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, accident, or malice may have harmful results, but, barring something truly apocalyptic, a resilient system can absorb such results without its overall health being threatened.”

― Jamais Cascio

“The writer’s greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.”

― James Baldwin

“Corporate greed in New York won. It suffocated anything interesting out of the city.”

― James Ransone

“What I’m trying to argue, as passionately as I can, is that the Jesus story isn’t worth dying for, it’s worth living for. Jesus presents a third way, a way of being in the worth that embraces the Sermon on the Mount, with its challenge to violence and greed.”

― Jay Parini

“’Line Of Duty,’ for dramatic purposes, tends to create characters whose corruption is balanced on certain ethical conflicts, whereas the majority of corruption in the real world is simply based on greed.”

― Jed Mercurio

“A healthy desire for wealth is not greed. It’s a desire for life.”

― Jen Sincero

“Why are we in this mess, now facing the prospect of economic armageddon? It’s because the prevailing characteristic has been greed, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s individuals living beyond their means or governments living beyond their means or people seeking to get rich quick.”

― Jeremy Paxman

“Why are we in this mess, now facing the prospect of economic armageddon? It’s because the prevailing characteristic has been greed, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s individuals living beyond their means or governments living beyond their means or people seeking to get rich quick.”

― Jeremy Paxton

“America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed.”

― Jesse Jackson

“The environment that we call society is created by past generations; we accept it, as it helps us to maintain our greed, possessiveness, illusion.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“If you eat junk, you look like junk. People say, ‘It’s not my fault, it’s my glands.’ It’s not; it’s greed!”

― Joan Collins

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.’”

― Joe Biden

“Greed can’t again lead the way. We’ve taken that route before with terrible consequences for this nation and its people.”

― Johanna Siguroardottir

“Well, ‘They Live’ was a primal scream against Reaganism of the ’80s. And the ’80s never went away. They’re still with us. That’s what makes ‘They Live’ look so fresh – it’s a document of greed and insanity. It’s about life in the United States then and now. If anything, things have gotten worse.”

― John Carpenter

“Spinning yarns is a protection against the nuttiness… the greed, the hate all around us.”

― John D. Voelker

“The organization and constant onward sweep of this movement exemplifies the resentment of the many toward the selfishness, greed and the neglect of the few.”

― John L. Lewis

“The CD, it should be noted, was born out of greed. It was devised to prop up record sales on the expectation of people replenishing their record collections with CDs of albums they had already purchased.”

― John Mellencamp

“’Maneater’ is about N.Y.C. in the ’80s. It’s about greed, avarice, and spoiled riches.”

― John Oates

“What I think was a really lucky coincidence was that a lot of the themes of ‘Okja’ are things I write about a lot: cognitive dissonance and corporate greed and also the internal politics of fringe groups.”

― Jon Ronson

“But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.”

― Jose Marti

“Supermarket tabloids and celebrity gossip shows are not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a fundamental part of a much larger movement that involves apathy, greed and hierarchy.”

― Joseph Gordon-Levitt

“Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer.”

― Julian Casablancas

“To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

― Lauryn Hill

“We have seen that in this country in the last few years, particularly on Wall Street, with the rise of the old human frailty of greed. This occurs when people begin to serve only their own needs to the detriment of everyone else.”

― Lee R. Raymond

“The only thing that stands between corporate greed and poverty is the union.”

― Lee Whitnum

“At tea time, all the noise, greed and aggressiveness of the ’80s can be drowned out. For 45 minutes, anyway.”

― Letitia Baldrige

“Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.”

― Little Richard

“But men are so full of greed today, they’ll sell anything for a little piece of money.”

― Little Richard

“We shall have to practise to lead our life on the basis of our needs, not under the influence of our greed.”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“For the exploitation of human greed, they have devised comparison and competition. Right from childhood on, we are indoctrinated to compare and compete, and there is a word, a phrase: ‘free and fair competition.’”

― Lobsang Tenzin

“Christopher Finazzo had a great job that paid him millions of dollars, but this honest living was apparently not enough to satisfy his greed.”

― Loretta Lynch

“For greed all nature is too little.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“The American way of life, as I see it, is really the American way of death. Everything is determined by greed and the insatiable desire to be the richest and most powerful. And that desire is limitless.”

― Lydia Lunch

“We’re all basically made of the same stuff: generosity and selfishness, goodness and greed.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Harveys opened against the backdrop of Thatcher’s greed culture.”

― Marco Pierre White

“’Wall Street’ was the big movie of 1987, the year in which Harveys opened. It was a film about greed and self-indulgence, about hunger for success, and Michael Douglas’s line, ‘breakfast is for wimps,’ became a mantra for anyone who wanted to get to the top.”

― Marco Pierre White

“Noir has always shown that greed and chaos are as close as the company we work for or the politicians we vote for.”

― Margo Jefferson

“It’s not in my mission to work against Euroskepticism; it’s my mission to work for fair markets. In antitrust, what is at stake is, in some ways, as old as Adam and Eve because it is about greed, to get more.”

― Margrethe Vestager

“Be it terrorists or ‘blinded by greed’ capitalists or ‘deaf and dumb and siloed’ officials, special interests will always tyrannize the common good.”

― Mark Goulston

“Liability limit has become a symbol of corporate greed in passing the risk of disaster to the U.S. government and U.S. citizens.”

― Marvin Ammori

“The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.”

― Marya Mannes

“Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature.”

― Masanobu Fukuoka

“Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.”

― Mason Cooley

“The moral angle to the foreclosure crisis – and, of course, in capitalism we’re not supposed to be concerned with the moral stuff, but let’s mention it anyway – shows a culture that is slowly giving in to a futuristic nightmare ideology of computerized greed and unchecked financial violence.”

― Matt Taibbi

“There’s something on Wall Street called PIG – panic, ignorance, and greed. Those are the big sins. I’m not greedy, I knew I was ignorant, and I didn’t panic.”

― Melvin Van Peebles

“The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and evolved, but we’re still also driven by primal urges like greed and power.”

― Michael Leunig

“People seem to take as much offence as they possibly can these days – it’s almost a new type of greed, a new kind of road rage.”

― Michael Leunig

“Capitalism is against the things that we say we believe in – democracy, freedom of choice, fairness. It’s not about any of those things now. It’s about protecting the wealthy and legalizing greed.”

― Michael Moore

“The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.”

― Milton Friedman

“There’s a significant difference between greed and hunger. When you’re greedy, you just want things. That’s your only need. But when you’re hungry for things, it’s a mixture of need and want, which is more logical to me.”

― Mohamed Bamba

“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.”

― Mwai Kibaki

“I have a greed to work with good directors.”

― Neha Dhupia

“Greed is a sin because humans are social creatures. And they simply cannot survive without the opposite of greed, which is cooperation.”

― Nick Hanauer

“The banking collapse was caused, more than anything, by bad government policy and the total failure of bad regulation, rather than by greed.”

― Nigel Farage

“If you talk to most businessmen, they’ll say that what they do is for the public good, but you know they’re just greedy, and consumers are just consuming for the sake of their own greed.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I think it’s a shame when the arts have to suffer because of corporate greed. People will always strive to make film, and the only important thing is that we keep trying to make ourselves heard and keep making our films, no matter what the climate is.”

― Paddy Considine

“Con men look for human frailty to exploit. This is most often greed. Trump found a different vice: anger. The emotional are always the most susceptible to manipulation.”

― Pamela Meyer

“Progressives regard government as the white knight that protects the public from the greed of capitalists. If only.”

― Paul Craig Roberts

“Vice is Washington’s signature. A fish rots from the head, and Washington has led our country into vice, greed, selfishness, and the mockery and destruction of human life.”

― Paul Craig Roberts

“An intriguing paradox of the 1990s is that it isn’t called a decade of greed.”

― Paul Samuelson

“Greed is normally balanced by fear.”

― Peter Schiff

“Fear tends to manifest itself much more quickly than greed, so volatile markets tend to be on the downside. In up markets, volatility tends to gradually decline.”

― Philip Roth

“Taking on corporate greed is an environmental concern.”

― Rashida Tlaib

“When I see people scratching and clawing towards ambition and greed, I wonder why they are doing it and for what.”

― Raveena Tandon

“Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed.”

― Reid Hoffman

“Logging is an industry driven solely by greed. It prospers with government support and subsidies, and it is accelerating its rate of destruction, so that Tasmania is now the largest hardwood chip exporter in the world.”

― Richard Flanagan

“The Democratic Party needs to take a stand against corporate greed.”

― Richard Ojeda

“I think greed is a critical problem – the gap between the poor and the rich. The gap between the top 10 percent and the bottom 10 percent.”

― Richard Rogers

“Riots born out of political issues aren’t the same as those born out of personal greed.”

― Ross Kemp

“We’ve been raised to compete, to want more! More! More! It’s a way of life. It’s about greed.”

― Sandy Duncan

“Fifa cannot sit by and see greed rule the football world. Nor shall we.”

― Sepp Blatter

“With global rules for global supply chains, we can end corporate greed.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Disproportionate corporate power over governments is giving license to the greed that denies workers even minimum living wages. It is also seemingly a license to allow the sheer brutality of treatment of working people at the base of the supply chains.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Many communities are already devastated by poverty. Increasingly, that poverty is born of the greed of a global trading system.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Growing inequality is exacerbated by the companies who simply treat workers as commodities, and our governments are cowered by their demands to perpetuate this model of greed.”

― Sharan Burrow

“Greed has increasingly become a virtue among Wall Street bankers and corporate CEOs in the U.S. Nowhere else in the world do CEOs insist on receiving compensation as high compared to what their employees earn.”

― Simon Mainwaring

“At a time when unbridled greed, malignant aggression, and existence of weapons of mass destruction threatens the survival of humanity, we should seriously consider any avenue that offers some hope.”

― Stanislav Grof

“The desire for money may be an indication of greed, but I want to argue that greed is a much more subtle vice than simply the desire to be rich.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“The fact that monasticism preceded the identification of greed as a primal sin is an important reminder that our very ability to name sin is a theological achievement.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”

― Stephen Hawking

“The modern Left is not driven by fairness. It is guided by an ideology of greed and envy. Those are vices, not virtues.”

― Stephen Moore

“I am guilty of stupidity, arrogance, and greed.”

― Steve Madden

“The major international appeal for ‘House of Cards’ was kind of a surprise because it’s a very American show. What we learned is that American politics is very American, but greed and corruption and all of that is very global.”

― Ted Sarandos

“John will never send a boy or girl in a uniform anywhere in the world because of our need and greed for oil.”

― Teresa Heinz

“Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.”

― Thomas Harris

“We lost our way and allowed greed and excess to become the twin pillars of too much of the financial culture. We became a society utterly absorbed in consumption and dismissive of moderation.”

― Tom Brokaw

“Greed is the lack of confidence of one’s own ability to create.”

― Vanna Bonta

“Overwhelmed by the miraculous potentialities of the machine, our human greed has interfered with the biological cycle of human companionship which keeps the life of a community healthy.”

― Walter Gropius

“Man’s greed to obtain something for nothing has never yet been able to content itself with a moderate profit.”

― Will C. Barnes

“Undoubtedly there are, in connection with each of these things, cases of fraud, swindling, and other financial crimes; that is to say, the greed and selfishness of men are perpetual.”

― William Graham Sumner

“Human beings are very complex creatures. This desire, this greed, this love is very complex.”

― Yash Chopra

“The financial catastrophe of 2008 nearly precipitated a calamitous economic depression, jolting America and much of the West into a sudden recognition of their systemic vulnerability to unregulated greed.”

― Zbigniew Brzezinski

“We already have – thanks to technology, development, skills, the efficiency of our work – enough resources to satisfy all human needs. But we don’t have enough resources, and we are unlikely ever to have, to satisfy human greed.”

― Zygmunt Bauman
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