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Covetousness is an inordinate desire to possess money and property.


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 144.
  • Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
  • Quicquid servatur, cupimus magis: ipsaque furem
    Cura vocat. Pauci, quod sinit alter, amant.
    • We covet what is guarded; the very care invokes the thief. Few love what they may have.
    • Ovid, Amorum (16 BC), III. 4. 25.
  • Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.
    • True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.
    • Phaedrus, Fables, II. 1. 12.
  • Alieni appetens sui profusus.
    • Covetous of the property of others and prodigal of his own.
    • Sallust, Catilina, V.
  • 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.
  • When workmen strive to do better than well,
    They do confound their skill in covetousness.

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