41 Quotes About Money and Greed


There is a science to greed and how others respond to the desire for increasing wealth. These quotes about money and greed capture the essence and spirit of these individuals.

“All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.”

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

“All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them…. But men’s plans ignore the offence of the cross or despise it. Men’s plans have no profound, stern or self-immolating denial in them. Their gain is of the world.”

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”

“As long as you want anything very much, especially more than you want God, it is an idol.”

“Be thrifty, but not covetous.”

“Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.”

“Early to bed, early to rise, keeps you healthy, wealthy and wise.”

“For I don’t care too much for money, for money can’t buy me love.”

“He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much.”

“He repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.”

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

“I continually find it necessary to guard against that natural love of wealth and grandeur which prompts us always, when we come to apply our general doctrine to our own case, to claim an exception.”

“If you want to know what God thinks about money, just look at the people He gives it to.”

“If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.”

“If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.”

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

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

“It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white… the only color that really matters is green.”

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

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”

“Money is like a sixth sense – and you can’t make use of the other five without it.”

“Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.”

“Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it.”

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

“Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”

“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.”

“My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.”

“One gains by losing self for others and not by hoarding for oneself.”

“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.”

“Riches enlarge, rather than satisfy appetites.”

“Sleeping on a dragon’s hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.”

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

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

“There is a perpetual frost in the pockets of some rich people; as soon as they put their hands into them, they are frozen so they cannot draw out their purses.”

“There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.”

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”

“Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.”

“What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.”

“When our Savior drove the sheep and oxen out of the temple, He did not drive them into His own pasture; nor sweep the coin into His own pockets, when He overturned the table of the money-changers.”

Greed leaves little room for equality. For many in a developed nation, greed does not allow humanity to exist.

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