Mammon

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Mammon led them on—
Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell
From Heaven: for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts
Were always downward bent, admiring more
The riches of Heaven's pavement, trodden gold,
Than aught divine or holy else enjoyed
In vision beatific.
John Milton

Mammon /ˈmæmən/ in the New Testament of the Bible is commonly thought to mean money, material wealth, or any entity that promises wealth, and is associated with the greedy pursuit of gain. In the Middle Ages it was often personified as a deity and sometimes included in the seven princes of Hell.

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  • Mammon, n.: The god of the world's leading religion.
  • Οὐδεὶς δύναται δυσὶ κυρίοις δουλεύειν· ἢ γὰρ τὸν ἕνα μισήσει καὶ τὸν ἕτερον ἀγαπήσει, ἢ ἑνὸς ἀνθέξεται καὶ τοῦ ἑτέρου καταφρονήσει· οὐ δύνασθε Θεῷ δουλεύειν καὶ μαμωνᾷ.
    • No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
  • Mammon led them on—
    Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell
    From Heaven: for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts
    Were always downward bent, admiring more
    The riches of Heaven's pavement, trodden gold,
    Than aught divine or holy else enjoyed
    In vision beatific.
  • Who sees pale Mammon pine amidst his store,
    Sees but a backward steward for the poor.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 487.
  • I rose up at the dawn of day,—
    "Get thee away! get thee away!
    Pray'st thou for riches? Away, away!
    This is the throne of Mammon grey."
  • Cursed Mammon be, when he with treasures
    To restless action spurs our fate!
    Cursed when for soft, indulgent leisures,
    He lays for us the pillows straight.
  • We cannot serve God and Mammon.
    • Matthew, VI. 24.
  • What treasures here do Mammon's sons behold!
    Yet know that all that which glitters is not gold.

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