greed

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on greed, hatred, passion, fire, shark, snare, folly, and torrent

There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Dhammapada and The Sutta-Nipata‎ - Page 88 by F. Max Müller

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A Quote by Bhagavad-Gita on abuse, anger, arrogance, darkness, delusion, destruction, enemies, envy, generosity, gifts, god, greed, happiness, hell, ignorance, mind, pride, purpose, sacrifice, success, violence, and wealth

"I got this today," they say; "tomorrow I shall get that. This wealth is mine, and that will be mine too. I have destroyed my enemies. I shall destroy others too! Am I not like God? I enjoy what I want. I am successful. I am powerful. I am happy. I am rich and well-born. Who is equal to me? I will perform sacrifices and give gifts, and rejoice in my own generosity." This is how they go on, deluded by ignorance. Bound by their greed and entangled in a web of delusion, whirled about by a fragmented mind, they fall into a dark hell. Self-important, obstinate, swept away by the pride of wealth, they ostentatiously perform sacrifices without any regard for their purpose. Egotistical, violent, arrogant, lustful, angry, envious of everyone, they abuse my presence within their own bodies and in the bodies of others.

Bhagavad-Gita

Source: The Bhagavad-Gita: 16:13 -18, pp. 191-192

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A Quote by Bartolomé de Las Casas on ambition, animals, belief, christianity, citizenship, concern, conquest, diet, experience, facts, god, greed, heaven, knowledge, murder, people, reason, simplicity, soul, truth, and violence

No "revisionist" historian of recent decades has excoriated the Spanish Conquest more thoroughly than Bartolomé de Las Casas, a contemporary of Columbus and the first priest to be ordained in the Americas: "The reason the Christians have murdered on such a vast scale and killed anyone and everyone in their way is purely and simply greed. . . . Their insatiable greed and overweening ambition know no bounds; the land is fertile and rich, the inhabitants simple, forbearing and submissive. The Spaniards have shown not the slightest consideration for these people, treating them (and I speak from first-hand experience, having been there from the outset) not as brute animals - indeed, I would to God they had done and had shown them the consideration they afford their animals - so much as piles of dung in the middle of the road. They have had as little concern for their souls as for their bodies, all the millions that perished having gone to their deaths with no knowledge of God and without the benefit of the Sacraments. One fact in all this is widely known and beyond dispute, for even the tyrannical murderers themselves acknowledge the truth of it: the indigenous peoples never did the Europeans any harm whatever; on the contrary, they believed them to have descended from the heavens, at least until they or their fellow citizens had tasted, at the hands of these oppressors, a diet of robbery, murder, violence, and all other manner of trials and tribulations."

Bartolome de Las Casas (1474 - 1566)

Source: Historia de las Indias, written 1550-1563

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on greed and taxes

TARIFF, n. A scale of taxes on imports, designed to protect the domestic producer against the greed of his consumer.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alfred Armand Montapert on admiration, generosity, god, goodness, greed, wealth, and world

The main source of our wealth is goodness. The affections and the generous qualities that God admires in a world full of greed.

Alfred Montapert (1906 -)

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