30 Greed Quotes: A Life Lived in Discontent is the Worst Kind

As bleak as it is, the world as we know it is fuelled by men’s desires. Consumed by selfishness and greed, happiness has now a price tag. Possession gets mistaken for peace of mind. In the end, no amount of wealth can ever replace the love of family. There are no material things that can replace the comfort of friendship. Genuine joy is yours for the taking — take it.

Here are 30 greed quotes to remind you that nothing good comes from greed, not in this lifetime.

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy

Why can a Grisha possess but one amplifier? I will answer this question instead: What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men. – Leigh Bardugo

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

greed earth quotes

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

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

greed satisfaction quotes

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

We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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

greed contentment quotes

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

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

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. – Edward Abbey

greed growth quotes

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

Big mouthfuls often choke. – Italian Proverb

greed mouthfuls quotes

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

What good is honour when greed eats away at its foundations? – Alexandra Bracken

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

greed living quotes

It didn´t occur to me until later that there´s another truth, very simple: greed in a good cause is still greed. – Stephen King

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

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

greed soul quotes

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

Greed is the lack of confidence of one’s own ability to create. – Vanna Bonta

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

greed life quotes

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

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. – Charlie Chaplin

We cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable. – John F. Kennedy

greed negotiate quotes

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

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

greed money quotes

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

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

Share these 30 greed quotes to friends and loved ones to remind them of the true value of life.

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