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

Covetousness, like a candle ill made, smothers the splendor of a happy fortune in its own grease.
      - Francis Osborne (Osborn)

We covet what is guarded; the very care invokes the thief. Few love what they may have.
  [Lat., Quicquid servatur, cupimus magis: ipsaque furem
    Cura vocat. Pauci, quod sinit alter, amant.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (III, 4, 25)

He deservedly loses his own property, who covets that of another.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.
  [Lat., Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (II, 1, 12)

The covetous map explores the whole world in pursuit of a subsistence, and fate is close at his heels.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Covetous of the property of others and prodigal of his own.
  [Lat., Alieni appetens sui profusus.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (V)

He that visits the sick, in hopes of a legacy, let him be never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him in this to be no better than a raven, that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

I am not covetous for gold,
  Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
      Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
        But if it be a sin to covet honor
          I am the most offending soul alive.
      - William Shakespeare

When workmen strive to do better than well,
  They do confound their skill in covetousness,
    And oftentimes excusing of a fault
      Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,
        As patches set upon a little breach
          Discredit more in hiding of the fault
            Than did the fault before it was so patched.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Pembroke at IV, ii)

By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
  Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if me my garments wear;
      Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
        But if it be a sin to covet honor,
          I am the most offending soul alive.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, iii)

Of covetousness we may truly say that it makes both the Alpha and Omega in the devil's alphabet, and that it is the first vice in corrupt nature which moves, and the last which dies.
      - Bishop Robert South

The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world.
      - Bishop Robert South

A circle cannot fill a triangle, so neither can the whole world, if it were to be compassed, the heart of man; a man may as easily fill a chest with grace as the heart with gold. The air fills not the body, neither doth money the covetous mind of man.
      - Edmund Spenser

Covetousness, by a greediness of getting more, deprives itself of the true end of getting; it loses the enjoyment of what it has got.
      - Thomas Sprat

The things which belong to others please us more, and that which is ours, is more pleasing to others.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

Covetousness swells the principal to no purpose, and lessens the use to all purposes.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Covetousness teaches men to be cruel and crafty, industrious and evil, full of care and malice; and after all this, it is for no good to itself, for it dares not spend those heaps of treasure which it has snatched.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The covetous man heaps up riches, not to enjoy them, but to have them; and starves himself in the midst of plenty, and most unnaturally cheats and robs himself of that which is his own; and makes a hard shift, to be as poor and miserable with a great estate, as any man can be without it.
      - John Tillotson

Covetous men need money least, yet they most affect it; but prodigals, who need it most have the least regard for it.
      - Alexander Wilson

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