Quotations About / On:
The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
(Stanley Weiser, U.S. screenwriter, and Oliver Stone. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), Wall Street (1987).)
How many villages were peaceful, when greed dwelt in they became ruins.
(Greed is peace's foe.)
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.
(Frank Buchman (1878-1961), U.S. evangelist. Remaking the World (1947).)
Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 1 (1944, rev. 1951).)
I got hungry. Greed made me blind.
(Ben Maddow (1909-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Huston (1906-1987). Doc Erwin Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe), The Asphalt Jungle (1950).)
Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
(Garrison Keillor (b. 1942), U.S. author. "The Meaning of Life," We Are Still Married (1989).)
He was all for catharsis and purification, he dreamed of an aesthetic consecration that should cleanse society of luxury, the greed of gold and all unloveliness.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größe Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau," Berlin, Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 199, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).)
If you take away ideology, you are left with a case by case ethics which in practise ends up as me first, me only, and in rampant greed.
(Richard Nelson (b. 1950), U.S. playwright. Independent (London, July 12, 1989).)
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
(Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. Escape from Freedom, ch. 4 (1941).)