Avarice Quotes

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

“We Lannisters do have a certain pride," said Tyrion Lannister.

“Pride?” Catelyn snapped. His mocking tone and easy manner made her angry. “Arrogance, some might call it. Arrogance and avarice and lust for power.”

“My brother is undoubtedly arrogant,” Tyrion Lannister replied. “My father is the soul of avarice, and my sweet sister Cersei lusts for power with every waking breath. I, however, am innocent as a little lamb. Shall I bleat for you?” He grinned.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

E.A. Bucchianeri
“It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Robert G. Ingersoll
“I do not see how it is possible for a man to die worth fifty million of dollars, or ten million of dollars, in a city full of want, when he meets almost every day the withered hand of beggary and the white lips of famine. How a man can withstand all that, and hold in the clutch of his greed twenty or thirty million of dollars, is past my comprehension. I do not see how he can do it. I should not think he could do it any more than he could keep a pile of lumber on the beach, where hundreds and thousands of men were drowning in the sea.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty Of Man, Woman And Child

Lillian Hellman
“Well, there are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. Then there are people who stand around and watch them eat it. (Softly) Sometimes I think it ain't right to stand and watch them do it.”
Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes

Alexander Hamilton
“When avarice takes the lead in a state, it is commonly the forerunner of its fall.”
Alexander Hamilton

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Said will be a little ahead, but done should follow at his heel.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Victor Hugo
“Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Willa Cather
“Avarice, he assured them, was the one passion that grew stronger and sweeter in old age.”
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

Honoré de Balzac
“For avarice begins where poverty ends.”
Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Greed is a contagious mental illness without which civilization as we know it would not have been possible.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Use and Misuse of Children

Michel Foucault
“From the point of view of wealth, there is no difference between need, comfort and pleasure”
Michel Foucault, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

Ambrose Bierce
“There is no place, it seems, free from the intrusion of Man, who stretches out his hand for everything, even that which is in the air.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In order to make them overlook our greed, or to make us seem less greedy than we are, we sometimes remind some people that, if and when we catch it, the wealth that we are relentlessly chasing would enable us to help a lot of poor people.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Do you know what people want most?

Something somebody else has.”
Larfleeze

“Nicole: You're a funny looking creature.
Larfleeze: Pfft! I'm not the one without a snout!
Nicole: I can sense the empty void within you.
Larfleeze: You must mean my stomach! I haven't eaten in two hours!
Nicole: No. There is a pit inside you that you have been trying to fill for centuries. I am here to give you hope.
Larfleeze: You know where I can find my lantern?!
Nicole: Your parents are still alive. And they still miss you.
Larfleeze: They... do?”
Larfleeze

Criss Jami
“Envy is Pride's infection on inspiration...while Angered then Eaten by the Greed of a Lazy Lust.”
Criss Jami

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Pretty much all wealthy people who were willing to lose and have lost their health while chasing wealth are now willing to lose their wealth while chasing health.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A man who has caught a billion is not nearly as admirable as a boy (or even a man) who was caught by a million.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Money isn't everything but you'll never convince money.”
Marty Rubin

Robert McAlmon
“... I had some time ago decided that the money-makers on the grand scale are monomaniacs and fanatics and self-willed.”
Robert McAlmon, Being Geniuses Together, 1920 1930

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Entrepreneurship is, to most entrepreneurs, the art of using things such as the need for job creation as veils to hide the desire to make way more money than is needed.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Jason Cain
“Compassion is the Gateway to Moral Innocence and Avarice’s Defeat”
Jason Cain

Jason Cain
“Inanimate objects and sentient beings obey the laws of nature without discrimination. Conscience is the only objection”
Jason Cain

William  Collins
“Unhappy Land, whose Blessings tempt the Sword.

Eclogue the Fourth. Agib and Secander; or the Fugitives
William Collins, Thomas Gray And William Collins: Poetical Works

Dean F. Wilson
“Her words were like knives to his conscience, and as much as avarice dulled their blades, her tongue sharpened them.”
Dean F. Wilson, Hopebreaker

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“For the world says: 'You have desires and so satisfy them, for you have the same rights as the most rich and powerful. Don’t be afraid of satisfying them and even multiply your desires.' It is in this that they see freedom. And what follows from this right of multiplication of desires? In the rich, isolation and spiritual suicide; in the poor, envy and murder; for they have been given rights, but have not been shown the means of satisfying their wants.

...Interpreting freedom as the multiplication and rapid satisfaction of desires, men distort their own nature, for many senseless and foolish desires and habits and ridiculous fancies are fostered in them. They live only for mutual envy, for luxury and ostentation. To have dinners visits, carriages, rank, and slaves to wait on one is looked upon as a necessity, for which life, honour and human feeling are sacrificed, and men even commit suicide if they are unable to satisfy it.

...And therefore the idea of the service of humanity, of brotherly love and the solidarity of mankind, is more and more dying out in the world, and indeed this idea is sometimes treated with derision. For how can a man shake off his habits? What can become of him if he is in such bondage to the habit of satisfying the innumerable desires he has created for himself? He is isolated, and what concern has he with the rest of humanity? They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“forgetfulness. Forgetfulness breeds self-love - the love of one's own will and thoughts - which is equivalent to the love of pleasure and praise. From self-love comes avarice, the root of all evils (cf. 1 Tim. 6:10), for it entangles us in worldly concerns and in this way leads to complete unawareness of God's gifts and of our own faults. It is now that the eight ruling passions take up residence: gluttony, which leads to unchastity, which breeds avarice, which gives rise to anger when we fail to attain what we want - that is, fail to have our own way. This produces dejection, and dejection engenders first listlessness and then self-esteem; and self-esteem leads to pride. From these eight passions come every evil, passion and sin. Those consumed by them are led to despair and utter destruction; they fall away from God and become like the demons, as has already been said.”
St. Peter of Damascus

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Night fell. Yet, despite the day’s grueling efforts to rummage for food and secure safe habitation, the forest and its inhabitants drifted off to sleep in perfect unison. And I thought that none of them jostled for the position of another, or sought some better position for themselves out of avarice or greed or some baser agenda. Rather, each played its role admirably and found that in doing so all of those roles meshed in a now stilled unity. And staring at the stars with the crickets gently lulling a satisfied world to sleep, I wondered why we can’t be more like the woods.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Avarice consumes soul.
Jealousy burns heart.
So why humans cling to these two ?”
Spriha Kant

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