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6 Covetousness Quotes

True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves. [Lat., Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.]

Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia) Quotes , Source: Fables (II, 1, 12)

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Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.

Christopher Marlowe Quotes , Source: The Jew of Malta (act I, sc. 2)

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We covet what is guarded; the very care invokes the thief. Few love what they may have. [Lat., Quicquid servatur, cupimus magis: ipsaque furem Cura vocat. Pauci, quod sinit alter, amant.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Amorum (III, 4, 25)

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Covetous of the property of others and prodigal of his own. [Lat., Alieni appetens sui profusus.]

Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus) Quotes , Source: Catilina (V)

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When workmen strive to do better than well, They do confound their skill in covetousness, And oftentimes excusing of a fault Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse, As patches set upon a little breach Discredit more in hiding of the fault Than did the fault before it was so patched.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Pembroke at IV, ii)

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By Jove, I am not covetous for gold, Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost; It yearns me not if me my garments wear; Such outward things dwell not in my desires: But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (King Henry at IV, iii)

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