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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.

Avarice | Character | Evil | Giving | Good | Hate | Injustice | Injustice | Men | Nothing | Society | Guilty |

Claude-Adrien Helvétius

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.

Avarice | Character | Hate | Men | Nothing |

Pliny the Elder, full name Casus Plinius Secundus NULL

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

Avarice | Character | Lust | Mankind | Wealth |

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, fully Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton

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.

Avarice | Cunning | Greed | Heart | Meanness | Money | Wisdom | Intellect |

Washington Irving

A woman’s whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world; it is there her ambition strives for empire; it is there her avarice seeks for hidden treasures. She sends forth her sympathies on adventure, she embarks her soul in the traffic of affection; and, if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless, for it is a bankruptcy of the heart.

Adventure | Ambition | Avarice | Heart | History | Life | Life | Soul | Wisdom | Woman | World | Ambition |

Angus Wilson, fully Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson

All the seven deadly sins are self destroying, morbid appetites, but in their early stages at least, lust and gluttony, avarice and sloth know some gratification, while anger and pride have power, even though that power eventually destroys itself. Envy is impotent, numbed with fear, never ceasing in its appetite, and it knows no gratification, but endless self torment. It has the ugliness of a trapped rat, which gnaws its own foot in an effort to escape.

Anger | Appetite | Avarice | Effort | Envy | Fear | Gluttony | Lust | Power | Pride | Self | Sloth |

Abraham Cowley

Poverty wants some things, luxury many, avarice all things.

Avarice | Luxury | Poverty | Wants |

Aristotle NULL

The avarice of mankind is insatiable... it is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.

Avarice | Desire | Mankind | Men | Nature |

Charles Caleb Colton

Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a mean to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end.

Ambition | Avarice | Mistake | Power | Wealth |

Dante, full name Durante degli Alighieri, aka Dante Alighieri NULL

Three sparks - pride, envy, and avarice - have been kindled in all hearts.

Avarice | Envy | Pride |

Edmund Burke

Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.

Ambition | Avarice | Folly | Meanness |

Edmund Burke

Great mischiefs happen more often from folly, meanness, and vanity, than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.

Ambition | Avarice | Folly | Meanness |

Saint Francis de Sales NULL

You fear to quit the medleys of the world, where vanity reigns, where avarice tarnishes the most beautiful virtues, where infidelity holds dominion with the sway of a despot, where virtue is trampled under foot and vice carries off the prize of honor.

Avarice | Despot | Fear | Honor | Virtue | Virtue | World | Infidelity | Vice |

Tecumseh, aka Tecumtha or Tekamthi NULL

They have vanished before the avarice and oppression of the white man, as snow before the summer.

Avarice | Man | Oppression |

Hans Urs von Balthasar

Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness.

Avarice | World | Understand |

John Logan

Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.

Avarice | Cost | Present |

John Steinbeck, fully John Ernst Steinbeck

I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?

Avarice | Generosity | Good | Kindness | Story | Will |