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There is a lesson there about greed and it is a lesson I am willing to learn as well. Has it made me a distrustful person? I don't think so. But we probably look a bit more carefully at our financial situation now.

Tags: Learn, Situation  ✍ Author: Kevin Bacon

I think one of the most pervasive evils in this world is greed and acquiring money for money's sake. Once you have six houses and a plane, it's just about a number. It's never been anything I understood.

Tags: Money, Once  ✍ Author: Kevin Bacon

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger.

Tags: Anger, Lust  ✍ Author: Tammy Faye Bakker

The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all.

Tags: Sense, Time  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

We all seem to be about aggression and greed. It's a massive pressure that affects us all.

Tags: Pressure, Seem  ✍ Author: Eric Cantona

As time goes on we get closer to that American Dream of there being a pie cut up and shared. Usually greed and selfishness prevent that and there is always one bad apple in every barrel.

Tags: Bad, Time  ✍ Author: Rick Danko

It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.

Tags: Listen, Talking  ✍ Author: Ellen DeGeneres

Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you know of that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed?

Tags: Society, Tell  ✍ Author: Milton Friedman

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.

Tags: Problem, Social  ✍ Author: Milton Friedman

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

Tags: Effort, Endless  ✍ Author: Erich Fromm

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.

 ✍ Author: Mahatma Gandhi

Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.

Tags: Fairness, Innovation  ✍ Author: Bill Gates

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

Tags: Arrogance, Lovable  ✍ Author: Richard Hammond

We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.

Tags: Small, Stupidity  ✍ Author: Stephen Hawking

America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed.

Tags: America, Sacrifice  ✍ Author: Jesse Jackson

They have stolen the public lands. They have grasped all to themselves, and by their unprincipled greed brought a crisis of unparalleled distress on forty millions of people, who have natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter the whole human race.

Tags: Crisis, Human  ✍ Author: Roy Keane

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.

Tags: Far, Time  ✍ Author: Garrison Keillor

We did not find it difficult to deal with Bush and his administration, because it is similar to regimes in our countries - both types include many who are full of arrogance and greed.

Tags: Arrogance, Difficult  ✍ Author: Cheryl Ladd

Men of vision. Oh, I love the fine names men give each other to hide their greed and lust for adventure.

Tags: Love, Men  ✍ Author: Charles MacArthur

I am guilty of stupidity, arrogance, and greed.

Tags: Guilty, Stupidity  ✍ Author: Richard Madden

Greed has increasingly become a virtue among Wall Street bankers and corporate CEOs in the U.S. Nowhere else in the world do CEOs insist on receiving compensation as high compared to what their employees earn.

Tags: Become, Else  ✍ Author: Daniel Mainwaring

The beast for me is greed. Whether you read Dante, Swift, or any of these guys, it always boils down to the same thing: the corruption of the soul.

Tags: Corruption, Soul  ✍ Author: Ben Nicholson
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We didn't become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn't come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn't do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.

Tags: Country, Special  ✍ Author: Barack Obama

We have seen that in this country in the last few years, particularly on Wall Street, with the rise of the old human frailty of greed. This occurs when people begin to serve only their own needs to the detriment of everyone else.

Tags: Country, Human  ✍ Author: Lee R. Raymond

An intriguing paradox of the 1990s is that it isn't called a decade of greed.

Tags: Decade, Paradox  ✍ Author: Paul Samuelson

Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.

Tags: Political, War  ✍ Author: Bernard Sanders

For greed all nature is too little.

Tags: Nature  ✍ Author: Albert Schweitzer

The moral angle to the foreclosure crisis - and, of course, in capitalism we're not supposed to be concerned with the moral stuff, but let's mention it anyway - shows a culture that is slowly giving in to a futuristic nightmare ideology of computerized greed and unchecked financial violence.

Tags: Crisis, Giving  ✍ Author: Matt Taibbi

When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'

Tags: Said, Talk  ✍ Author: Joe Biden

Fifa cannot sit by and see greed rule the football world. Nor shall we.

Tags: Cannot, Football  ✍ Author: Sepp Blatter

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.

Tags: Anger, Mind  ✍ Author: Tom Bodett

But at a certain point, and I don't really know... people have asked me this. I don't know exactly what it was that pushed me towards directing, but I think it was a naive notion that if I directed I would be able to play all the roles. A kind of greed.

Tags: Able, Point  ✍ Author: Peter Bogdanovich

We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings and violence compromise our quality of life.

Tags: Life, Sacrifice  ✍ Author: Jan Brewer

I love the competitive part of stocks. A lot of fear and greed, that's all it is. All I see is green and red.

Tags: Fear, Love  ✍ Author: Josh Brolin

There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.

Tags: Enough, Everyone  ✍ Author: Frank Buchman

Well, 'They Live' was a primal scream against Reaganism of the '80s. And the '80s never went away. They're still with us. That's what makes 'They Live' look so fresh - it's a document of greed and insanity. It's about life in the United States then and now. If anything, things have gotten worse.

Tags: Away, Life  ✍ Author: John Carpenter

Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer.

Tags: Current, Injustice  ✍ Author: Julian Casablancas

Human beings are very complex creatures. This desire, this greed, this love is very complex.

Tags: Human, Love  ✍ Author: Yash Chopra

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

Tags: Fear, Love  ✍ Author: Cyril Connolly

Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.

Tags: Innocence, Lust  ✍ Author: Tre Cool

If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect.

Tags: Change, Face  ✍ Author: Jacques Yves Cousteau

I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies.

Tags: Best, War  ✍ Author: Sheryl Crow

I didn't do it because of the underlying greed that's prevailing, but it is about greed, doing the right thing at the right time using your clout when you have it and what for and what reason.

Tags: Reason, Time  ✍ Author: Danny DeVito

Ideology that believes government is bad, and that public institutions and places are not valuable, is as destructive as corporate greed.

Tags: Bad, Government  ✍ Author: Cynthia Dill

The opposite of corporate greed is personal generosity. Government policies that enable the former and prevent the latter are both worthy of protest.

Tags: Government, Personal  ✍ Author: Cynthia Dill

This America has been the country of greed rather than the country of need.

Tags: America, Country  ✍ Author: Ariel Dorfman

We've been raised to compete, to want more! More! More! It's a way of life. It's about greed.

Tags: Compete, Life  ✍ Author: Sandy Duncan

From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.

Tags: Driving, Spirit  ✍ Author: Friedrich Engels

I don't think that fundamentalism has anything to do with Jesus Christ. They call themselves Christians, but if that's Christian, count me out. Fundamentalism is built on fear and greed. They're telling you to give them your money otherwise you're going to hell.

Tags: Fear, Money  ✍ Author: Matthew Fox

Most individuals have always thought themselves not big enough or significant enough to have an effect on the whole planet, a notion which conversely made them think they could afford big arrogance and big greed over its resources.

Tags: Enough, Thought  ✍ Author: Lynette Fromme

Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature.

Tags: Ignorance, Nature  ✍ Author: Masanobu Fukuoka

What I loathe is the multi-national conglomerates who must take responsibility for the degradation and pollution of so much of our landscape with their factory farming and greed.

Tags: Farming, Pollution  ✍ Author: Fay Godwin

Supermarket tabloids and celebrity gossip shows are not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a fundamental part of a much larger movement that involves apathy, greed and hierarchy.

Tags: Apathy, Gossip  ✍ Author: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Greed and globalization aren't just America's fault.

Tags: America, Fault  ✍ Author: Arlo Guthrie

Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed.

Tags: Loneliness, Makes  ✍ Author: Thomas Harris

John will never send a boy or girl in a uniform anywhere in the world because of our need and greed for oil.

Tags: Boy, Girl  ✍ Author: Teresa Heinz

Oh, I'm all about small business. I think what we've learned from big business and big Wall Street is that unchecked greed and the creation of false value gets us all in trouble. If we look at the American economy, who's really creating value? It's the small businesses.

Tags: Business, Small  ✍ Author: Robert Herjavec

Obviously you have to make a profit to put out a newspaper. I'm not an idiot. But when the margins are in excess of 25 per cent you're talking about greed.

Tags: Idiot, Put  ✍ Author: Carl Hiaasen

To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.

Tags: Compromise, Corruption  ✍ Author: Lauryn Hill

Greed probably figures in my intellectual life as well, as I attempt to absorb a massive amount of information with consequent mental indigestion.

Tags: Life, Mental  ✍ Author: Etty Hillesum

Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed.

Tags: Best, Ego  ✍ Author: Reid Hoffman

Riots born out of political issues aren't the same as those born out of personal greed.

Tags: Personal, Political  ✍ Author: Ross Kemp

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.

Tags: Leadership, Others  ✍ Author: Mwai Kibaki

Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.

Tags: Destroys  ✍ Author: Eartha Kitt

Buddhism talks about the possibility of transforming greed, hatred, and delusion. But sometimes need turns into greed.

Tags: Hatred, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Jack Kornfield

We're all basically made of the same stuff: generosity and selfishness, goodness and greed.

Tags: Generosity, Stuff  ✍ Author: Madeleine M. Kunin

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.

Tags: Toward, Wonderful  ✍ Author: Charles Kuralt

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.

Tags: Kindness, Makes  ✍ Author: Charles Kuralt

My head can get to murder and rape for profit because I can understand greed as a human motive, but I cannot understand the voyeuristic desire to watch such a film. I can comprehend one and I cannot comprehend the other.

Tags: Human, Understand  ✍ Author: Donna Leon

The organization and constant onward sweep of this movement exemplifies the resentment of the many toward the selfishness, greed and the neglect of the few.

Tags: Few, Resentment  ✍ Author: John L. Lewis

While neurological studies have tried to identify components responsible for fear and greed, the impact on finance is less clear.

Tags: Fear, Finance  ✍ Author: Sabrina Lloyd

During periods of extreme fear or greed, you don't have the proper balance between those two to generate market efficiency and you get extremes in behavior.

Tags: Between, Fear  ✍ Author: Sabrina Lloyd

Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.

Tags: Best, Time  ✍ Author: Amy Lowell

I certainly understand that we're all trying to make a living, but I'm not thinking about that when I'm making it. And if that's your sole motivation, it's going to reflect that narcissistic greed, and you're going to hear it in the music.

Tags: Music, Thinking  ✍ Author: Aimee Mann

But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.

Tags: Love, Single  ✍ Author: Jose Marti

In 'Tarahumara' land, there was no crime, war or theft. There was no corruption, obesity, drug addiction, greed, wife-beating, child abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure, or carbon emissions. They didn't get diabetes, or depressed, or even old: 50-year-olds outran teenagers.

Tags: Heart, War  ✍ Author: Karen McDougal

Why are we in this mess, now facing the prospect of economic armageddon? It's because the prevailing characteristic has been greed, and it doesn't matter whether it's individuals living beyond their means or governments living beyond their means or people seeking to get rich quick.

Tags: Living, Why  ✍ Author: Jeremy Paxman

Deregulation created this epidemic of greed which according to the rules of capitalism was OK. Beyond that there was criminal behaviour. There have been no repercussions and it's hard to make your peace with.

Tags: Hard, Peace  ✍ Author: Gene Pitney

Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.

Tags: Calm, Living  ✍ Author: Harry Pollitt

Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.

Tags: Soul, Whole  ✍ Author: Little Richard

Fear tends to manifest itself much more quickly than greed, so volatile markets tend to be on the downside. In up markets, volatility tends to gradually decline.

Tags: Fear, Manifest  ✍ Author: Philip Roth

If we didn't have greed, market economies wouldn't be as innovative as they are. But in my view, greed has to be contained by the fear of losses, so there has to be a system where, if you take too much risk, you go into bankruptcy. You don't systematically bail out people who take excessive risks.

Tags: Fear, Risk  ✍ Author: Nouriel Roubini

Greed is normally balanced by fear.

Tags: Balanced, Fear  ✍ Author: Peter Schiff

Greed can't again lead the way. We've taken that route before with terrible consequences for this nation and its people.

Tags: Again, Nation  ✍ Author: Johanna Siguroardottir

Greed has driven the world crazy. And I think I'm lucky that I have a place over here that I can call home.

Tags: Crazy, Home  ✍ Author: Nina Simone

Occupy Wall Street means making Wall Street and the corporate power elite understand that the people affected by the binge of unregulated greed are not going away, and they are not going to give up.

Tags: Give, Power  ✍ Author: Norman Spinrad

Greed is a basic part of animal nature. Being against it is like being against breathing or eating. It means nothing.

Tags: Against, Nature  ✍ Author: Ben Stein

It means zero to be against greed.

Tags: Against, Means  ✍ Author: Ben Stein

Undoubtedly there are, in connection with each of these things, cases of fraud, swindling, and other financial crimes; that is to say, the greed and selfishness of men are perpetual.

Tags: Financial, Men  ✍ Author: Charles Sumner

What I would like to be remembered for is that Walter Washington changed the spirit of the people of this city, that he came in as mayor when there was hate and greed and misunderstanding among our people and the races were polarized.

Tags: Hate, Spirit  ✍ Author: Walter Washington

Fear and greed are potent motivators. When both of these forces push in the same direction, virtually no human being can resist.

Tags: Fear, Human  ✍ Author: Andrew Weil

It's impossible to translate Wall Street greed into one or two demands.

Tags: Impossible, Street  ✍ Author: Cornel West

We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Supreme Court decisions.

Tags: Decisions, Today  ✍ Author: Cornel West
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