- 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 (1577-1640)
- Covetousness, like a candle ill made, smothers the splendor of a happy fortune in its own grease.
- Envy is a thousand times worse than hunger, since it is hunger of the spirit.
- He deservedly loses his own property who covets that of another.
- 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.
- If thou seeketh to obtain by force what our Lord did not give thee, thou wilt not get it.
- Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
- The only instance of a despairing sinner left upon record in the New Testament is that of a treacherous and greedy Judas.
- There is not a vice which more effectually contracts and deadens the feelings, which more completely makes a man's affections centre 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 views. 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.
- Those who give not till they die show that they would not then if they could keep it any longer.
- Why are we so blind? That which we improve, we have, that which we hoard is not for ourselves.
- Envy never enriched any man.
- English 17th Century proverb.
- Envy shoots at others and wounds herself.
- English 16th Century proverb