Money, greed

Quotations: Money, greed

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.
— Horace Greeley, American journalist and educator (1811-1872)

Most men sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
— Logan Pearsall Smith, American-British editor and essayist (1865-1946)

It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity.
— Arthur Vandenberg, American journalist and senator (1884-1951)

A generous and noble spirit cannot be expected to dwell in the breasts of men who are struggling for their daily bread.
— Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Greek scholar (fl. c. 20 B.C.)

I do get scared about the physical danger from drug dealers. But it’s not in the same league as the danger I feel eating an $80 lunch with my privileged friends to discuss hunger and poverty. That’s when my soul feels imperiled.
— Jonathan Kozol, American journalist and author (b. 1936), on his work chronicling the lives of the poor in the Bronx.

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third president (1743-1826), in letter to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1811

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, dramatist and scientist (1749-1832)

I have not observed mens honesty to increase with their riches.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to Jeremiah Moor, 1800

In general, men are ungrateful and fickle, dissemblers, avoiders of danger and greedy of gain.
— Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine dramatist, political analyst and adviser (1469-1527)

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
— Upton Sinclair, American author and politician (1878-1968)

If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that avarice, anger, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes.
— Sir Thomas More in the movie A Man For All Seasons (1966, screenplay by Robert Bolt)

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
— George Washington, American Founding Father and war hero, first U.S. president (1732-1799)

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
— Epicurus, Greek philosopher (341-270 B.C.)

You are not what you own.
— Fugazi, late 20th-century American rock band

I get so tired of listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there. It’s so petty.
— Imelda Marcos, 20th-century Filipina First Lady (married to Ferdinand Marcos)

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.
— Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)

It’s easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing — that’s the Lord’s test.
— Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (1911-1972)

Virtue has never been as respectable as money.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.
— Publilius Syrus

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

Sharing money is what gives it its value.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
— Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

Don’t forget until too late that the business of life is not business but living.
— B.C. Forbes, early 20th-century American publisher, founder of Forbes magazine

He is poor who does not feel content
— Japanese proverb

For greed, all nature is too little.
— Seneca, Roman statesman, dramatist and Stoic philosopher (4. B.C.?-65 A.D.)

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
— Henry David Thoreau, American writer, philosopher and naturalist (1817-1862)

Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.
— Maurice Setter

The problem with property is that it takes so much of your time.
— Willem de Kooning, Dutch-American painter (1904-1997)

Take what you can use and let the rest go by.
— Ken Kesey, American novelist (1935-2001)

You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
— Steven Wright, American humorist (b. 1955)

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
— Bible, Matthew 5:5

He who steals an egg will steal a camel.
— Arab proverb

A thief is a thief, whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.
— Indian proverb

Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you a king.
— Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter

Wise people care not for that which they cannot have.
— Italian proverb

The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.
— Indian proverb

If honor be your clothing, the suit will last a lifetime; but if clothing be your honor, it will soon be worn threadbare.
— William Arnot, preacher and theological writer (1808-1875)

The greatest evidence of demoralization is the respect paid to wealth.
— French proverb