1. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
2. The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.
3. He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
4. There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
5. That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife’s slain body in his arms.
6. He almost laughed at that. “No, Inej. Greed bows to me. It is my servant and my lever.
7. Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see.
8. No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won’t hurt
9. Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
10. If it weren’t for greed, intolerance, hate, passion and murder, you would have no works of art, no great buildings, no medical science, no Mozart, no Van Gough, no Muppets and no Louis Armstrong.
11. I find it odd- the greed of mankind. People only like you for as long as they perceive they can get what they want from you. Or for as long as they perceive you are who they want you to be. But I like people for all of their changing surprises, the thoughts in their heads, the warmth that changes to cold and the cold that changes to warmth… for being human. The rawness of being human delights me.
12. There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.
13. I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.
14. Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful
15. Why can a Grisha possess but one amplifier? I will answer this question instead: What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.
16. Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.
17. Our labour preserves us from three great evils — weariness, vice, and want.
18. I want an Oompa-Loompa!’ screamed Veruca.
19. When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
20. That something so small could be so beautiful. Worth so much. Only the strongest people can turn away from feelings like that.
21. You ever get the feeling the world’s filling up with bastards? I do. What I want to know is what happens when all the bastards run out of people to crap on? What happens when all that’s left in the world is bastards? . . . The golden rule. Screw unto others before they screw unto you.
22. Ayn Rand’s ‘philosophy’ is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society…. To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.
23. She never forgets a slight, real or imagined. She takes caution for cowardice and dissent for defiance. And she is greedy. Greedy for power, for honour, for love.
24. Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
25. The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.
26. There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
27. Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.
28. The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.
29. 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.
30. We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.
31. In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.
32. You have succeeded in life when all you really WANT is only what you really NEED.
33. Of all the icy blasts that blow on love, a request for money is the most chilling.
34. The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.
35. Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.
36. It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
37. It was not curiosity that killed the goose who laid the golden egg, but an insatiable greed that devoured common sense.
38. Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned and civil institutions as guards of property, and they deprecate assaults on these, because they feel them to be assaults on property. They measure their esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is.
39. I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.
40. The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.
41. I’m fat because I’m greedy, and if my mind is fat it’s because I’m curious.
42. Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.
43. The ego lusts for satisfaction. It has a prideful ferocious appetite for its version of “truth”. It is the most challenging aspect to conquer; the cause for most spiritual turmoil.
44. Dragon kind was no less cruel than mankind. The Dragon, at least, acted from bestial need rather than bestial greed.
45. A house built on greed cannot long endure.
46. If I have to build a big company by mistreating other people then the Bible says WOE to me. I don’t know what that is, but I don’t want any of it.
47. Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so they’ll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.
48. We cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.
49. If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.
50. Stealing to eat ain’t criminal—stealing to be rich is.
51. I don’t wanna take my time going to work, I got a motorcycle and a sleeping bag and ten or fifteen girls. What the hell I wanna go off and go to work for? Work for what? Money? I got all the money in the world. I’m the king, man. I run the underworld, guy. I decide who does what and where they do it at. What am I gonna run around like some teeny bopper somewhere for someone elses money? I make the money man, I roll the nickels. The game is mine. I deal the cards
52. 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.
53. Money is like a child—rarely unaccompanied. When it disappears, look to those who were supposed to be keeping an eye on it while you were at the grocery store. You might also look for someone who has a lot of extra children sitting around, with long, suspicious explanations for how they got there.
54. Again we have the problem that whether you’re moral or not is a matter of whether it’s cost-effective.
55. Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?
56. Those who try to juggle wisdom, power and greed, drop one of the balls, every time.
57. Beyond all explanations which a good brain can give, why do we choose the worse and not the better, why hate rather than love, why greed and not generosity, why self-centred activity and not open total action? Why be mean when there are soaring mountains and flashing streams? Why jealousy and not love? Why?
58. All right people, listen up! If you’ve got a family back home waiting for you or if you just want to save your own skin, turn around and walk away. Also, women! I have no intention of fighting any women!
59. Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
60. Consider the species known as man. We lie, we cheat, we want what others have and take it; we make war upon each other and the earth; we harvest lives in multitudes. We have mortgaged the planet and spent the cash on trifles. We may have loved, but never well enough. We never truly knew ourselves. We forgot the world; now it has forgotten us.