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

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.     

Thomas Carlyle

Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied.     

Henry George

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.     

Benjamin Franklin

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.     

Samuel Butler

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.     

Jonathan Swift

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.     


Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver     

Ayn Rand

None of the quick fixes to the world's problems are going to work, unless we change the dream of greed and scarcity that the world is dreaming.     

John Perkins

All the money you make will never buy back your soul.     

Bob Dylan

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

Thomas Fuller

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


Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.     


The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury     

Charlie Chaplin

It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.     

Blaise Pascal

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.     

B.C. Forbes

Big mouthfuls often choke.     

Italian Proverb

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

Anatole France

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


Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.     

Saint Augustine

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.     

Bertrand Russell

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.     

J.R.R. Tolkien

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.     

Lao Tzu

Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.     


I find it odd- the greed of mankind. People only like you for as long as they perceive they can get what they want from you. Or for as long as they perceive you are who they want you to be. But I like people for all of their changing surprises, the thoughts in their heads, the warmth that changes to cold and the cold that changes to warmth... for being human. The rawness of being human delights me.     

C. JoyBell C.

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.     

Siddharta Gautama

I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.     

Michel de Montaigne

So the unwanting soul sees what's hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants.     

Lao Tzu

Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.     


When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.     

Shirley Chisholm

The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.     


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

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

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.     

Matt Taibbi

You have succeeded in life when all you really WANT is only what you really NEED.     

Vernon Howard

Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling.     

Gustave Flaubert

The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.     


It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.     

Diogenes of Sinope

The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for.     

Habeeb Akande

I'm fat because I'm greedy, and if my mind is fat it's because I'm curious.     

Stephen Fry

Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.     

Samuel Johnson

A house built on greed cannot long endure.     

Edward Abbey

We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.     

John F. Kennedy

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 Wallace

Stealing to eat ain’t criminal—stealing to be rich is.     

Andrew Vachss

It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense.     

E.A. Bucchianeri

Even the most beautiful scenery is no longer assured of our love after we have lived in it for three months, and some distant coast attracts our avarice: possessions are generally diminished by possession.     

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Money is like a child—rarely unaccompanied. When it disappears, look to those who were supposed to be keeping an eye on it while you were at the grocery store. You might also look for someone who has a lot of extra children sitting around, with long, suspicious explanations for how they got there.     

Lemony Snicket

Again we have the problem that whether you’re moral or not is a matter of whether it's cost-effective.     

Rebecca McNutt

Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?     


Greed indiscriminately penalizes / Selflessness is the ultimate panacea; for uniting all / innocuously harmonious; for centuries immemorial and alike.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed baselessly tyrannizes / Selflessness is an Omnipotent fabric; which irrefutably / transcends you above the resplendent heavens; to be the / unequivocal favorite of the divine.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed ruthlessly snatches / Selflessness is the only road to everlasting prosperity / treacherous with the / scent of the bountifully bestowing soil.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed manipulatively stagnates / Selflessness is the most priceless core of enthralling / existence; enlightening unassailable beams of hope; in all / those dwellings miserably impoverished / without optimism and light.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed horrendously massacres / Selflessness is an Omnisciently miraculous ointment / which heals the most bizarre wounds of the overwhelming rich / and pathetically destitute; alike.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed uncouthly divests / Selflessness is a enchantingly silken flower / which disseminates the true spirit of mankind / to even the most infinitesimal parts / of this fathomless globe.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed lethally poisons / Selflessness is a grandiloquently mesmerizing sky / which relentlessly showers the blessings of the Almighty / upon all philanthropically benign.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed pulverizes beyond recognition / Selflessness is a unendingly radiating horizon / which brilliantly sparkles all night and day / with the rainbow of unconquerable righteousness.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed maliciously obfuscates all truth / Selflessness is the most Omnipresent harbinger of celestial peace / unstoppably heading towards the paradise of scintillating success.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed insidiously cripples / Selflessness is a majestically flapping bird that hoists even the most devastatingly deprived / making one perpetually realize his ultimate mission in destined life.     

Nikhil Parekh

Greed enters your home very silently / Finally it becomes your master / And you become slave of your own greed / Oneday it will drag you to an unknown grave.     

Devil Poet

When I watch folks of this world and see how widespread / It is for those, that pile up treasure and put on fat, to chafe / At the bit and grasp for more, the way they hunger for a safe     

Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli

Greed is eternal     

Gene Roddenberry

Greed makes people want more and more power - power over the Earth, power over each other.     

Nicholas Boxer

Greed leads to misjudgment. And that can result in a loss of profits.     

Gene Roddenberry

Greed almost got me killed. Then poverty almost got me killed. If I'm gonna get it either way, I might as well be rich!     

Doug Langdale

Greed will imprison us all.     

Ross LaManna

You can't realize your dreams without greed.     

Hideo Kojima

Our society is already a metaphorical wasteland of political ghouls and vampires sucking the world dry with their greed and ignorance.     

Kôsuke Fujishima

It is not by my own power that I am resurrected. It is the greed of humanity which calls me back, and thus, by might, I rule. Might becomes the one and only justice in this world!     

Toru Hagihara

Greed is the only snake that cannot be charmed.     

Luc Besson

[Jesus] said, 'Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.     

Luke 12:15

Envy and greed always-always-exact a terrible price.     

Billy Graham

I have never met an envious or greedy person who was at peace.     

Billy Graham

The Bible sees greed as a form of idolatry, because a greedy person worships things instead of God.     

Billy Graham

Greed and envy have their roots in selfishness.     

Billy Graham

Envy and greed starve on a steady diet of thanksgiving.     

Billy Graham

Life is not a matter of dollars and cents, houses and lands, earning capacity and financial achievement.     

Billy Graham

Greed must not be allowed to make man the slave of wealth.     

Billy Graham

We have seen the results of unrestrained greed, corruption, and manipulation on Wall Street, financial mismanagement in the halls of government, fraud and perversion at the highest levels of both church and state.     

Billy Graham

Greed is an unreasonable all-absorbing desire to acquire things or wealth.     

Billy Graham

One test of greed is that it is never satisfied.     

Billy Graham

The greatest need in the world is the transformation of human nature. We need a new heart that will not have lust and greed and hate in it.     

Billy Graham

Three great forces rule the world; stupidity, fear, and greed.     

Albert Einstein