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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 avaricious man is kind to no person, but he is most unkind to himself.
      - John Kyrle ("The Man of Ross")

To be thankful for what we grasp exceeding our proportion is to add hypocrisy to injustice.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Avarice is more opposite to economy than liberality.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Avarice often produces opposite effects; there is an infinite number of people who sacrifice all their property to doubtful and distant expectations; others despise great future advantages to obtain present interests of a trifling nature.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Extreme avarice is nearly always mistaken; there is no passion which is oftener further away from its mark, nor upon which the present has so much power to the prejudice of the future.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Avarice is insatiable, and is always pushing on for more.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

That disease
  Of which all old men sicken, avarice.
      - Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl
         (act I, sc. 1)

In plain truth, it is not want, but rather abundance, that creates avarice.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The love of gold that meanest rage,
  And latest folly of man's sinking age,
    Which, rarely venturing in the van of life,
      While nobler passions wage their heated strife,
        Comes skulking last with selfishness and fear
          And dies collecting lumber in the rear!
      - Thomas Moore

It would not be more unreasonable to transplant a favorite flower out of black earth into gold dust than it is for a person to let money-getting harden his heart into contempt, or into impatience, of the little attentions, the merriments and the caresses of domestic life.
      - William Mountford (1)

What must be the wealth that avarice, aided by power, cannot exhaust!
      - James Otis

It is not the nature of avarice to be satisfied with anything but money. Every passion that acts upon mankind has a peculiar mode of operation. Many of them are temporary and fluctuating; they admit of cessation and variety. But avarice is a fixed, uniform passion.
      - Thomas Paine

The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

It is natural to covet just what we have not.
      - Achille Poincelot

He sat amid his bags, and, with a look
  Which hell might be ashamed of, drove the poor
    Away unalmsed; and midst abundance died--
      Sorest of evils!--died of utter want.
      - Robert Pollok

Riches, like insects, when conceal'd they lie,
  Wait but for wings, and in their season fly.
    Who sees pale Mammon pine amidst his store,
      Sees but a backward steward for the poor;
        This year a reservoir, to keep and spare;
          The next a fountain, spouting thro' his heir
            In lavish streams to quench a country's thirst,
              And men and dogs shall drink him till they burst.
      - Alexander Pope

The character of covetousness, is what a man generally acquires more through some niggardliness or ill grace in little and inconsiderable things, than in expenses of any consequence.
      - Alexander Pope

Wealth in the gross is death, but life diffus'd,
  As poison heals, in just proportion us'd.
      - Alexander Pope

It is but shaping the bribe to the taste, and every one has his price.
      - Samuel Richardson

Study rather to fill your mind than your coffers; knowing that gold and silver were originally mingled with dirt, until avarice or ambition parted them.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

We are at best but stewards of what we falsely call our own; yet avarice is so insatiable that it is not in the power of liberality to content it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

There grows
  In my most ill-compos'd affection such
    A stanchless avarice, that, were I king,
      I should cut off the nobles for their lands.
      - William Shakespeare

This avarice
  Sticks deeper, grows with more pernicious root
    Than summer-seeming lust, and it hath been
      The sword of our slain kings.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macduff at IV, iii)

With this there grows
  In my most ill-compos'd affection such
    A stanchless avarice that, were I King,
      I should cut off the nobles for their lands,
        Desire his jewels, and this other's house,
          And my more-having would be as a sauce
            To make me hunger more, that I should forge
              Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
                Destroying them for wealth.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Malcolm at IV, iii)

People who are hard, grasping and always ready to take advantage of their neighbors become very rich.
      - George Bernard Shaw


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