Nothing defines human beings better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs.
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
The fact that people will be full of greed, fear, or folly is predictable. The sequence is not predictable.
Men who continue hoarding great sums all their lives, the proper use of which for the public ends would work good to the community, should be made to feel that the community, in the form of the state, cannot thus be deprived of its proper share. By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire's unworthy life.
The more we ask, the more we have.
And, it is fair enough: asking is not always easy.
And it is said to be hard to accept ...
So no wonder we have so little.
What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
Greed is even more contagious than fear.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; the same is true of fame.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
If you have an olive, you want an olive tree. You want a little more. You want the whole tree.