Greed Quotes (The Pursuit of More)

“Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I’m lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.” – Nina Simone

Famous Greed Quotes

  1. “He who is greedy is always in want” – Horace

2. “Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful” – Warren Buffett

3. “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates

4. “There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.” – Maya Angelou

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

6. “We risk all in being too greedy.” – Jean de La Fontaine

7. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

8. “Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.” – Harry S. Truman

9. “Don’t become blind to life just because greed inhabits all forms of society.” – Anthony T. Hincks

10. “Republicans stand for raw, unbridled evil and greed and ignorance smothered in balloons and ribbons.” – Frank Zappa

Thought-Provoking Greed Quotes

11. “A greedy person gets excited with money but she’s never satisfied with them.” – Publilius Syrus

12. “Greed is the source of all suffering and pain.” – Shree Shambav

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

14. “Ambition’ is ‘greed’ rebranded.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

15. “Greed is now more expensive than life.” – Anthony T. Hincks

16. “Complacency delivered us into the hands of evil greedy men like Cheney.” – Sonia Rumzi

17. “The greedy man is incontent with a whole world set before him.” – Saadi

18. “What good is honour when greed eats away at its foundations?” – Alexandra Bracken

19. “Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.” – Charlie Chaplin

20. “Fraud is the daughter of greed.” – Jonathan Gash

21. “Perhaps he has confused making money with freedom.” – John Charles Chasteen

22. “Greed’s worst point is its ingratitude.” – Seneca the Younger

23. “You need to be greedy or ignorant to truly want to live forever.” –  Mokokoma Mokhonoana

24. “Greed is a little bit more than enough.” – Toba Beta

25. “There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.” – Maya Angelou 

26. “A greedy person is the poorest person in the world.” – Nicolas Chamfort

27. “Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer.” – Julian Casablancas

28. “Greed will be the landlord of man’s estate.” – Anthony T. Hincks

29. “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale

30. “Greed and globalization aren’t just America’s fault.” – Arlo Guthrie

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

32. “No one talks about money more than people who have too much of it.” – Francoise Sagan

33. “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” – Vernon Howard

34. “Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue.” – Andy Stanley 

35. “As long as greed is stronger than compassion, there will always be suffering.” – Rusty Eric  

36. “If you have to be greedy, then be greedy for knowledge, if you have to horde, horde joy in your life. If you have to accomplish, then accomplish clarity in your life.” – Prem Rawat

37. “If you ask for too much, you lose even that which you have.” – Isaac Asimov

38. “Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.” – Harry S. Truman

39. “Greed is permanent slavery.” – Ali ibn Abi Talib 

40. “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

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

42. “Difference highlights the greed in life and the inequality of fairness.” – Anthony T. Hincks

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

44. “Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.” – Albert Einstein

45. “The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.” – Rabindranath Tag

46. “The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires, things he isn’t prepared to work for.” – Habeeb Akande

47. “It’s not greed that drives the world, but envy.” – Charlie Munger

48. “Desire for power is a kind of greed indulged by the unfulfilled.” – Michael Foley

49. “Do you want to know the cause of war? It is capitalism, greed, the dirty hunger for dollars. Take away the capitalist and you will sweep war from the earth.” – Henry Ford

50. “Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I’m lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.” – Nina Simone

51. “Greed and power has turned brother against brother.” – Nelson Mandela

52. “Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer.” – Julian Casablancas

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

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

55. “Greedy people will make money become worthless.” – Joe Cervantes   

56. “Everything you are now will decompose after you die. Why so much pride? So much greed? So much evil? So much ego? For what?” – Unknown

Greed is an insatiable desire for material gain (be it food, money, land, or animate/inanimate possessions); or social value, such as status, or power. Greed has been identified as undesirable throughout known human history because it creates behavior-conflict between personal and social goals.

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