An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






Satiety is a mongrel that barks at the heels of plenty.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


Avarice is the vice of declining years.


George Bancroft (1800-1891, American historian)


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


Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, and possession.


Andre Breton (1989-1966, French surrealist)


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


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


A person is born with a liking for profit. If he gives way to this, it will lead him to quarrels and conflicts, and any sense of courtesy and humility will be abandoned.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed.


Democritus (c.460-370 BC, Greek philosopher)


From top to bottom of the ladder, greed is aroused without knowing where to find ultimate foothold. Nothing can calm it, since its goal is far beyond all it can attain. Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.


Emile Durkheim (1858-1917, French sociologist)


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)


The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.


Milton Friedman (1912-, American economist)


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, American psychologist)


He is not poor that hath not much, but He who craves much.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


This leads us to note down in our psychological chart of the mass -- man of today two fundamental traits: the free expansion of his vital desires, and, therefore, of his personality; and his radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible the ease of his existence. These traits together make up the well-known psychology of the spoilt child.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


The big problem is not the haves and the have-nots -- it's the give-nots.


Arnold H. Glasow


Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things from others; thus you gain more enemies than friends.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things from others; thus you gain more enemies than friends.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Avarice is the sphincter of the heart.


Matthew Green


Riches either serve or govern the possessor.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Avarice, the spur of industry.


David Hume (1711-1776, Scottish philosopher, historian)


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, American President (3rd))


Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.


John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946, British economist)


We risk all in being too greedy.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


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.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


To hazard much to get much has more of avarice than wisdom.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Greed lessens what is gathered.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Never drop the bone to catch the shadow.


Belizean Proverb


If you ask for too much at once, you will come home with an empty bag.


Croatian Proverb


If you buy things you don't need, you are stealing from yourself.


Czechoslovakian Proverb (Sayings of Czech origin)


Many have too much, but none enough.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Big mouthfuls often choke.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Greed will cause pain.


Taiwanese Proverb


The greedy man is not content with a whole world set before him.




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)


For greed all nature is too little.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Greed's worst point is its ingratitude.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


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


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


If a man had only his personal interest to guide his conduct, even if this guide were never to deceive him, the source of all generous actions would dry up in his heart.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 5:10


If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The point is that you can't be too greedy.


Donald Trump (1946-, American businessman, actor)


Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


People hate others that they label greedy only because nothing can be gained from them.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


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