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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) Psychoanalyst and social philosopher.

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 (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian political philosopher and statesman.

Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

Big mouthfuls often choke.

Italian proverb


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

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.

Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

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

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer.

So for a good old-gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.