Avarice

Expel avarice, the mother of all wickedness, who, always thirst for more, opens wide her jaws for gold.

Avarice and happiness never saw each other, how then should they become acquainted.

Avarice, sphincter of the heart.

Avarice starves its possessor to fatten those who come after, and who are eagerly awaiting the demise of the accumulator.

Of all the vices, avarice is the most generally detested; it is the effect of an avidity common to all men; it is because men hate those from whom they; can expect nothing. The greedy misers rail at sordid misers.

When a miser contents himself with giving nothing, and saving what he has got, and is in others respects guilty of no injustice, he is, perhaps, of all bad men the least injurious to society; the evil he does is properly nothing more than the omission of the good he might do. If, of all the vices, avarice is the most generally detested, it is the effect of an avidity common to all men; it is because men hate those from whom they can expect nothing. The greedy misers rail at sordid misers.

It is universally acknowledged that there is a great uniformity among the actions of men, in all nations and ages, and that human nature remains still the same, in its principles and operations. The same motives always produce the same actions: the same events follow the same causes. Ambition, avarice, self-love, vanity, friendship, generosity, public spirit: these passions, mixed in various degrees, and distributed through society, have been from the beginning of the world, and still are, the source of all the actions and enterprises, which have ever been observed among mankind.

Avarice and luxury, those pests which have ever been the ruin of every great state.

Five great enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.

Avarice is as destitute of what it has, as poverty of what it has not.

Avarice destroys honor, integrity, and all other noble qualities.

It is a world of mischief that may be done by a single example of avarice or luxury. One voluptuous palate makes many more.

It is only luxury and avarice that makes poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business; and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest if but vanity and excess.

Avarice is the most opposite of all characters to that of God Almighty, whose alone it is to give and not receive.

Some men are called sagacious, merely on account of their avarice; whereas a child can clench its fist the moment it is born.

There is no vice which mankind carries to such wild extremes as that of avarice.

There may be, and there often is, indeed, a regard for ancestry which nourishes only weak pride; as there is also a care for posterity, which only disguises an habitual avarice, or hides the workings of a low and groveling vanity. But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart.

Money never can be well managed if sought solely through the greed of money for its own sake. In all meanness there is a defect of intellect as well as of heart. And event he cleverness of avarice is but the cunning of imbecility.

Politicians... rise predominantly from... the "lower middle class"; most are self-made men... ; most depend on their political jobs for their livelihood and most have little time, inclination, or opportunity for adult education; hence the dominating qualities of so many are greed, vulgarity, attention to special interest, avarice, and selfishness.