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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 ]

Had covetous men, as the fable goes of Briareus, each of them one hundred hands, they would all of them be employed in grasping and gathering, and hardly one of them in giving or laying out, but all in receiving, and none in restoring; a thing in itself so monstrous that nothing in nature besides is like it, except it be death and the grave--the only things I know which are always carrying off the spoils of the world and never making restitution. For otherwise all the parts of the universe, as they borrow of one another, so they still pay what they borrow, and that by so just and well-balanced an equality that their payments always keep pace with their receipts.
      - John Dryden

A captive fettered at the oar of gain.
      - William Falconer

There are two considerations which always imbitter the heart of an avaricious man--the one is a perpetual thirst after more riches, the other the prospect of leaving what he has already acquired.
      - Henry Fielding

It is impossible to conceive any contrast more entire and absolute than that which exists between a heart glowing with love to God, and a heart in which the love of money has cashiered all sense of God--His love, His presence, His glory; and which is no sooner relieved from the mockery of a tedious round of religious formalism that it reverts to the sanctuaries where its wealth is invested, with an intenseness of homage surpassing that of the most devout Israelite who ever, from a foreign land, turned his longing eyes toward Jerusalem.
      - Richard Fuller (1)

Avarice, where it has full dominion, excludes every other passion.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

The darkest day in a man's career is that wherein he fancies there is some easier way of getting a dollar than by squarely earning it.
      - Horace Greeley

Avarice, the sphincter of the heart.
      - Matthew Green

Avarice starves its possessor to fatten those who come after, and who are eagerly awaiting the demise of the accumulator.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Avarice is the miser's dream, as fame is the poet's.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

If, of all vices, avarice is the most generally detested, it is the effect of an avidity common to all men.
      - Claude Arien Helvetius

When a miser contents himself with giving nothing, and saving what he has got, and is in other respects guilty of no injustice, he is, perhaps, of all bad men the least injurious to society; the evil he does is properly nothing more than the omission of the good he might do. If, of all the vices, avarice is the most generally detested, it is the effect of an avidity common to all men; it is because men hate those from whom they can expect nothing. The greedy misers rail at sordid misers.
      - Claude Arien Helvetius

Parsimony is enough to make the master of the golden mines as poor as he that has nothing; for a man may be brought to a morsel of bread by parsimony as well as profusion.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune has lost the arms of reason and deserted the post of virtue.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Those who covet much suffer from the want.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

It may be remarked for the comfort of honest poverty that avarice reigns most in those who have but few good qualities to recommend them. This is a weed that will grow in a barren soil.
      - Thomas Hughes,
        in The Spectator, no. 224

Avarice, the spur of industry.
      - David Hume

Avarice is to the intellect what sensuality is to the morals.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Avarice is a uniform and tractable vice; other intellectual distempers are different in different constitutions of mind. That which soothes the pride of one will offend the pride of another, but to the favor of the covetous bring money, and nothing is denied.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Avarice is always poor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is surely very narrow policy that supposes money to be the chief good.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

You despise a man for avarice; but you do not hate him.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Avarice increases with the increasing pile of gold.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Some men make fortunes, but not to enjoy them; for, blinded by avarice, they live to make fortunes.
  [Lat., Non propter vitam faciunt patrimonia quidam,
    Sed vitio caeci propter patrimonia vivunt.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XII, 50)

The love of pelf increases with the pelf.
  [Lat., Crescit amor nummi quantum ipsa pecunia crescit.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIV, 139)


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