Update
Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 May 2024

Greed 

see also Money
  1. Greed is all right…Greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.
    Ivan F. Boesky 1937–  American businessman: commencement address, Berkeley, California, 18 May 1986; see Weiser and Stone
  2. There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.
    Frank Buchman 1878–1961 American evangelist: Remaking the World (1947)
  3. Be fearful when others are greedy, be greedy when others are fearful.
    Warren Buffett 1930–  American businessman: letter to shareholders 1986; L. A. Cunningham Essays of Warren Buffett (1998)
  4. Please, sir, I want some more.
    Oliver
    Charles Dickens 1812–70 English novelist: Oliver Twist (1838) ch. 2
  5. But the music that excels is the sound of oil wells
    As they slurp, slurp, slurp into the barrels…
    I want an old-fashioned house
    With an old-fashioned fence
    And an old-fashioned millionaire.
     
    Marve Fisher American songwriter: ‘An Old-Fashioned Girl’ (1954 song)
  6. If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves there wouldn't be enough to go round.
    Christina Stead 1902–83 Australian novelist: House of All Nations (1938)
  7. Quid non mortalia pectora cogis,
    Auri sacra fames!
     
    To what do you not drive human hearts, cursed craving for gold!
    Virgil 70–19 bc Roman poet: Aeneid bk. 3, l. 56
  8. Greed—for lack of a better word—is good. Greed is right. Greed works.
    Stanley Weiser and Oliver Stone 1946– : Wall Street (1987 film); see Boesky