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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. - Benjamin Franklin
Avarice, sphincter of the heart. - Matthew Green
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. - Claude-Adrien Helvétius
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. - Claude-Adrien Helvétius
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. - David Hume
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. - Petrarch, anglicized from Italian name Francesco Petrarca
The lust of avarice has so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth. - Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus
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