Greed Proverbs

Sayings about Greed

Greed will cause pain. ~ Taiwanese Proverbs

Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair. ~ French Proverbs

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? ~ Bible

For a greedy man even his tomb is too small. ~ Tajikistani Proverb

Greed keeps men forever poor, even the abundance of this world will not make them rich. ~ Mongolian Proverbs

Big mouthfuls often choke. ~ Italian Proverbs

Never drop the bone to catch the shadow.~ Belizean Proverb

A greedy person and a pauper are practically one and the same. ~ Swiss Proverbs

A greedy man is always poor.~ Iranian Proverbs

If you buy things you don’t need, you are stealing from yourself.~ Czechoslovakian Proverb

The poor lack much, but the greedy more. ~ Swiss Proverb

Greed lessens what is gathered. ~ Arabian Proverbs

If you ask for too much at once, you will come home with an empty bag. ~ Croatian Proverbs

Even thinking about sexual pleasure has its roots in greed. ~ Japanese Proverbs

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. ~ Bible

When all other sins are old, greed still stays young. ~ French Proverb

Many have too much, but none enough. ~ Danish Proverbs

A greedy father has thieves for children.~ Serbian Proverbs

Quotations about Greed

Some men think that the globe is a sponge that God puts into their hands to squeeze for their own garden or flower-pot. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit. ~ Horace

Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, and possession. ~ Andre Breton

Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him. ~ Johann Caspar Lavater

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

If you wish to remove avarice you must remove its mother, luxuries. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

If a man had only his personal interest to guide his conduct, even if this guide were never to deceive him, the source of all generous actions would dry up in his heart. ~ Anne Germain De Stael

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

To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed. ~ Democritus

There is enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed. ~ Frank Buchman

Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer. ~ Julian Casablancas

It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice. ~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

A person is born with a liking for profit. If he gives way to this, it will lead him to quarrels and conflicts, and any sense of courtesy and humility will be abandoned. ~ Confucius

He who wishes to grow rich in a day will be hanged in a year. ~ Leonardo Da Vinci

So for a good old-gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice. ~ Lord Byron

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~ Henry David Thoreau

He who is greedy is always in want. ~ Horace

The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever. ~ Anatole France

Avarice is the sphincter of the heart. ~ Matthew Green

Kill no more pigeons than you can eat. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him. ~ Voltaire

Hunger for gold is made greater as more gold is acquired. ~ Aurelius Clemens Prudentius

When money is unreasonably coveted, it is a disease of the mind which is called avarice. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Do not hold grain waiting for higher prices when people are hungry. ~ Zoroaster

For greed all nature is too little. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Greed’s worst point is its ingratitude. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Greediness of getting more deprives… the enjoyment of what it had got. ~ Thomas Sprat

The big problem is not the haves and the have-nots — it’s the give-nots. ~ Arnold H. Glasow

The greedy man is not content with a whole world set before him. ~ Sadi

Avarice is only prudence and economy pushed to excess. ~ Paul Chatfield

Greed is all right, by the way I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself. ~ Ivan F. Boesky

Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything. ~ Eartha Kitt

All good things of this world are no further good to us than as they are of use; and whatever we may heap up to give to others, we enjoy only as much as we can use, and no more. ~ Daniel Defoe

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul. ~ Little Richard

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too. ~ Thomas Fuller

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

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

The avarice of mankind is insatiable. ~ Aristotle

Avarice, the spur of industry. ~ David Hume

Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things. ~ Abraham Cowley

You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker. ~ Malcolm X

He is not poor that hath not much, but He who craves much. ~ Thomas Fuller

Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things from others; thus you gain more enemies than friends. ~ Baltasar Gracian

Satiety is a mongrel that barks at the heels of plenty. ~ Minna Antrim

Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear. ~ Cyril Connolly

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

To me avarice seems not so much a vice as a deplorable piece of madness. ~ Sir Thomas Browne

If you ask for too much, you lose even that which you have. ~ Isaac Asimov

Avarice is the vice of declining years. ~ George Bancroft

We risk all in being too greedy. ~ Jean De La Fontaine

Riches either serve or govern the possessor. ~ Horace

The point is that you can’t be too greedy. ~ Donald Trump

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

To hazard much to get much has more of avarice than wisdom. ~ William Penn

Greed is all right . . . Greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself. ~ Ivan F. Boesky

Greed: The Seven Deadly Sins. ~ Book preview

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