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Greed



  
Greed lessens what is gathered.

Arab proverb

   

Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.       -Erich Fromm

   

A greedy person and a pauper are practically one and the same.       -Swiss proverb

   
There is no vice which humankind carries to such wild extremes as that of avarice.       -Johanthan Swift
   

There is a sufficiency in the world for people's need but not for people's greed.      -Mohandas Gandhi

   
The bounty of nature is too little for the greedy person.       -Seneca
    

Greed hurts everyone, but it especially hurts the greedy person.  If I have to deal with a greedy person, it affects me negatively for a moment or three, but then I leave, and then I avoid that person.  The greedy person, though, because of a fixation on something material or something they're afraid of losing, hurts and alienates people, and very often ends up quite alone until he or she is able to rid him or herself of the fixation on their object of greed.  Somehow, these people need to learn that they're fine just as they are, and that their lives aren't being made richer by possessing the things which they crave, but poorer because of the way that they act in trying to get the things they crave and trying to hold on to the things they have.  My hope is that they can be happy without the need, without the things.       -Tom Walsh

  
She had been so wicked that in all her life she had done only one good deed--given an onion to a beggar.  So she went to hell.  As she lay in torment she saw the onion, lowered down from heaven by an angel.  She caught hold of it.  He began to pull her up.  The other damned saw what was happening and caught hold of it too.  She was indignant and cried, "Let go--it's my onion," and as soon as she said, "My onion," the stalk broke and she fell back into the flames.      -E.M. Forster
   
Hell has three gates:  lust, anger, and greed.      -from the Bhagavad Gita
   
Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.      -Thomas Harris
   
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.      -Jon Foreman
   
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.      -Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
    
Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.      -Janwillem Van de Wetering
   
Greed is an imperfection that defiles the mind; hate is an imperfection that defiles the mind; delusion is an imperfection that defiles the mind.      -Gautama Buddha
   

    
Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.      -Harry S. Truman
    
The ugliest thing in America is greed, the lust for power and domination, the lunatic ideology of perpetual Growth - with a capital G. 'Progress' in our nation has for too long been confused with 'Growth'; I see the two as different, almost incompatible, since progress means, or should mean, change for the better - toward social justice, a livable and open world, equal opportunity and affirmative action for all forms of life.  And I mean all forms, not merely the human. The grizzly, the wolf, the rattlesnake, the condor, the coyote, the crocodile, whatever, each and every species has as much right to be here as we do.      -Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed
    
   

   

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