There are some sordid minds, formed of slime and filth, to whom interest and gain are what glory and virtue are to superior souls; they feel no other pleasure but to acquire money.
Characters, H. Van Laun, trans. (London: 1885) “Of The Gifts of Fortune,” #58
If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.Francis Bacon
O proud philanthropist, your hope is vain To get by giving what you lost by gain.ambrose bierce
The promise of every product and service is a better life. Profits are the prize for delivering on the promise.patrick dixon
… actions whose motives he cannot understand that is, actions not prompted by the hope of profit.andré gide
He is like all the rest: a slave to profit, a master only to his bent for negotiating the best deal.Franz Grillparzer
When by habit a man cometh to have a bargaining soul, its wings are cut, so that it can never soar. It bindeth reason an apprentice to gain, and instead of a director, maketh it a drudge.
Whoever has a keen eye for profits, is blind in relation to his craft.Sophocles