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).)
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 (b. 1937), U.S. financier. Commencement address, May 18, 1986, School of Business Administration, University of. California, Berkeley.
Boesky's words were later picked up in Oliver Stone's film, Wall Street (1987), spoken by Gordon Gecko. Boesky himself was later convicted of conspiring to file false documents with the federal government, involving insider trading violations, and agreed to pay $100 million in fines and illicit profits.)