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.
- Mammon, n.: The god of the world's leading religion.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
- Maidens, like moths, are ever caught by glare,
And Mammon wins his way where seraphs might despair.
- The new colonialism takes on different faces. At times it appears as the anonymous influence of mammon: corporations, loan agencies, certain ‘free trade’ treaties, and the imposition of measures of ‘austerity’ which always tighten the belt of workers and the poor.
- Pope Francis, reported in "Unbridled capitalism is the 'dung of the devil', says Pope Francis", The Guardian (July 9, 2015).
- 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.
- 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.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle III, line 171.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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."
- William Blake, Mammon.
- 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.
- Francis Quarles, Emblems, Book II. Emblem V.