33 Quotes About Selfishness and Greed


Some of the biggest evils in the world that exist are greed and selfishness. Each with their own distinct characteristics, these quotes about selfishness and greed are perfect examples to the type of traits that exist.

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.”

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.”

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

“Education has now become the chief problem of the world, its one holy cause. The nations that see this will survive, and those that fail to do so will slowly perish…”

“He who loves the more is the inferior and must suffer.”

“I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction.”

“I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.”

“I like to think that my arrogance, impetuosity, impatience, selfishness and greed are the qualities that make me the lovable chap I am.”

“If you can master and destroy them, then will be ready to fight the enemy you can see.”

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.”

“Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.”

“Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.”

“Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.”

“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”

“many people must be ruled to thrive. In their selfishness and greed, they see free people as their oppressors. They wish to have a leader who will cut the taller plants so the sun will reach them. ”

“Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”

“Oh, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We’ve already got the stars.”

“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.”

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.”

“Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.”

“Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.”

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

“The age of selfishness and greed is over. The age of kindness and generosity is underway.”

“The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.”

“The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life, and if
the system under which we live the structure of western civilization begins to collapse because of our selfishness and greed.”

“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.”

“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.””

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”

“There will be selfishness and greed and corruption and narrowness and intolerance in the world tomorrow and tomorrow’s tomorrow.”

“Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere”

“Throughout the 1980’s, we did hear too much about individual gain and the ethos of selfishness and greed. We did not hear enough about how to be a good member of a community, to define the common good and to repair the social contract.”

“True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed.”

Even selfishness and greed has some positive qualities to it given the right circumstance.