Greed Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old greed quotes, greed sayings, and greed proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Erich Fromm

Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.     

Janwillem Van De Wetering

Greed is not a financial issue. It's a heart issue.     

Andy Stanley

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.     

Eartha Kitt

Greed is the lack of confidence of one's own ability to create.     

Vanna Bonta

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

Brian Tracy

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


Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.     

Edward Abbey

Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful     

Warren Buffett

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

Maya Angelou

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


Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.     

Mark Twain

For greed all nature is too little.     


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

Friedrich Engels

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

Little Richard

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

Julian Casablancas

Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.     

Mason Cooley

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

Swiss Proverb

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.     

Oscar Wilde

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontent. And there is no greater disaster than greed.     

Lau Tzu

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

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.     

Charles Caleb Colton

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.     

Frederick Keonig

A greedy father has thieves for children     

Serbian Proverb

He who is greedy is always in want     


The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.     


Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.     

Sylvia Plath

Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars.     

Bette Davis