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AVARICE
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[ Also see Acquirement Covetousness Economy Frugality Gain Gold Greed Misers Money Possession Property Riches Selfishness Wealth ]

The avarice of mankind is insatiable.
      - Aristotle

Why Mammon sits before a million hearths
  Where God is bolted out from every house.
      - Philip James Bailey

Avarice is the vice of declining years.
      - George Bancroft

Because men believe not in Providence, therefore they do so greedily scrape and hoard. They do not believe in any reward for charity, therefore they will part with nothing.
      - Isaac Barrow

It is a bitter thought to an avaricious spirit that by and by all these accumulations must be left behind. We can only carry away from this world the flavor of our good or evil deeds.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

It is one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
      - Bible, I Timothy (ch. VI, v. 10)

O cursed lust of gold; when for thy sake
  The fool throws up his interest in both worlds,
    First starved in this, then damn'd in that to come.
      - Hugh Blair

To me avarice seems not so much a vice as a deplorable piece of madness.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

It is by bribing, not so often by being bribed, that wicked politicians bring ruin on mankind. Avarice is a rival to the pursuits of many.
      - Edmund Burke

In all the world there is no vice
  Less prone t' excess than avarice;
    It neither cares for food nor clothing;
      Nature's content with little--that with nothing.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

So for a good old-gentlemanly vice,
  I think I must take up with avarice.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 216)

Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So a man sometimes covers up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and quenches transcendent glories with a little shining dust.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Avarice is only prudence and economy pushed to excess.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Avarice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road, the nearer we approach to our journey's end?
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

When money is unreasonably coveted, it is a disease of the mind which is called avarice.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

If you wish to remove avarice you must remove its mother, luxuries.
  [Lat., Avaritiam si tollere vultis, mater ejus est tollenda, luxuries.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (II, 40)

Expel avarice, the mother of all wickedness, who, always thirsty for more, opens wide her jaws for gold.
  [Lat., Ac primam scelerum matrem, quae semper habendo
    Plus sitiens patulis rimatur faucibus aurum,
      Trudis Avaritiam.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus),
        De Laudibus Stilichonis (II, 111)

Avarice begets more vices than Priam did children and like Priam survives them all. It starves its keeper to surfeit those who wish him dead, and makes him submit to more mortifications to lose heaven than the martyr undergoes to gain it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Avarice has ruined more men than prodigality, and the blindest thoughtlessness of expenditure has not destroyed so many fortunes as the calculating but insatiable lust of accumulation.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The avarice of the miser may be termed the grand sepulchre of all his other passions, as they successively decay. But unlike other tombs, it is enlarged by repletion and strengthened by age.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.
      - Abraham Cowley

A big man is always accused of gluttony, whereas a wizened or osseous man can eat like a refugee at every meal, and no one ever notices his greed.
      - Robertson Davies

All good things of this world are no further good to us than as they are of use; and whatever we may heap up to give to others, we enjoy only as much as we can use, and no more.
      - Daniel Defoe

When all the sins are old in us,
  And go upon crutches, covetousness
    Does but lie in her cradle.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)


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