Superficial efficiency seems cheaper at first, but it costs more the long run, with the cost being pushed off onto someone other than the one who saves a few bucks.
The fact that they viewed their wealth as a result of their own hands, without any honor other than lip service being given to the god that had blessed them, gave perfect openings to the liars slithering up their legs.
A person’s needs are met, and his appetite subsides. A person’s wants are met, and his thirst swells greedily without end.
Which epitaph would you choose for your grave-stone: “He made lots of money.” or “He saved the Earth”? And don’t think I’m being sarcastic, because for once, I’m not. We’re all going to die. What will be your legacy? Smaug-loads of money? or Saving the Earth? It’s your choice.
Greed has two teachers; one is a cheat [a crafty person] and the other one is financial loss. When one incurs loss; it will quickly destroy the tuber of greed.
Greed makes one want to get blessings without qualifying for it
Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern society. Who shall say that this is not the golden age of mutual trust, of unlimited reliance upon human promises? That is a peculiar condition of society which enables a whole nation to instantly recognize point and meaning in the familiar newspaper anecdote, which puts into the mouth of a distinguished speculator in lands and mines this remark: ‘I wasn’t worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.
There was a time when our greed had not yet surpassed our imaginations as our greatest asset.
If an eagle be imprisoned
on the back of a coin,
and the coin tossed
into the sky,
the coin will spin,
the coin will flutter,
but the eagle will never fly.
To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or life.
(Letter to Muriel St. Clare Byrne, 8 September 1935)