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[ Also see Acquirement Avarice Desire Envy Gain Gold Jealousy Lust Mammon Misers Money Riches Selfishness Wealth ]

The covetous man is like a camel with a great hunch on his back; heaven's gate must be made Higher and broader, or he will hardly get in.
      - Thomas Adams

The covetous man pines in plenty, like Tantalus up to the chin in water, and yet thirsty.
      - Thomas Adams

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that it may be said to possess him.
      - Francis Bacon

To the covetous man life is a nightmare, and God lets him wrestle with it as best he may.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affections, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
    In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
      - Bible, Colossians (ch. III, v. 5-7)

Covetous men are fools, miserable wretches, buzzards, madmen who live by themselves, in perpetual slavery, fear, suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more of gall than honey in their enjoyments; who are rather possessed by their money than possessors of it.
      - Robert Burton

To think well of every other man's condition, and to dislike our own, is one of the misfortunes of human nature. "Pleased with each other's lot, our own we hate."
      - Robert Burton

Covetousness is a sort of mental gluttony, not confined to money, but craving honor, and feeding on selfishness.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

When all sins are old in us, and go upon crutches, covetousness does but then lie in her cradle.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

Why are we so blind? That which we improve, we have, that which we hoard is not for ourselves.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

The only sovereign remedy is to give Christ the preeminence in our hearts; for then we shall undervalue all temporal things in comparison of Him.
      - Fisher's Catechism

Covetousness is ever attended with solicitude and anxiety.
      - Benjamin Franklin

These who give not till they die show that they would not then if they could keep it any longer.
      - Joseph Hall

Those who give not till they die show that they would not then if they could keep it any longer.
      - Joseph Hall

Who covets more is evermore a slave.
      - Robert Herrick

Although the beauties, riches, honors, sciences, virtues, and perfections of all men living were in the present possession of one, yet somewhat above and beyond all this would still be sought and earnestly thirsted for.
      - Richard Hooker

The only instance of a despairing sinner left upon record in the New Testament is that of a treacherous and greedy Judas} Covetousness, like jealousy, when it has ones taken root, never leaves a man but with his life.
      - Thomas Hughes

Where necessity ends, desire and curiosity begin; and no sooner are we supplied with everything nature can demand than we sit down to contrive artificial appetites.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The soul of man is infinite in what it covets.
      - Ben Jonson

We never desire ardently what we desire rationally.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We never desire earnestly what we desire in reason.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Suppose a more complete assemblage of sublunary enjoyments, and a more perfect system of earthly felicity than ever the sun beheld, the mind of man would instantly devour it, and, as if it was still empty and unsatisfied, would require something more.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

It was with good reason that God commanded through Moses that the vineyard and harvest were not to be gleaned to the last grape or grain; but something to be left for the poor. For covetousness is never to be satisfied; the more it has, the more it wants. Such insatiable ones injure themselves, and transform God's blessings into evil.
      - Martin Luther

There is not a vice which more effectually contracts and deadens the feelings, which more completely makes a man's affections center in himself, and excludes all others from partaking in them, than the desire of accumulating possessions. When the desire has once gotten hold on the heart, it shuts out all other considerations, but such as may promote its view. In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means. As it closes the heart, so also it clouds the understanding. It cannot discern, between right and wrong; it takes evil for good, and good for evil; it calls darkness light, and light darkness. Beware, then, of the beginning of covetousness, for you know not where it will end.
      - Richard Mant

Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
      - Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
         (act I, sc. 2)

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