Quotes by avarice

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  • Karl Marx
    Karl Marx
    German economist and statephilospher 1818-1883
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    All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth.
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    Charles Caleb Colton
    English writer 1780-1832
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    Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end.
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    Charles Caleb Colton
    English writer 1780-1832
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    Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it.
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    American historian 1800-1891
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    Avarice is the vice of declining years.
  • David Hume
    David Hume
    Scottish Philosopher, Historian 1711-1776
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    Avarice, the spur of industry.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    By avarice and selfishness, and a groveling habit, from which none of us is free, of regarding the soil as property, or the means of acquiring property chiefly, the landscape is deformed, husbandry is degraded with us, and the farmer leads the meanest of lives. He knows Nature but as a robber.
  • Andreas Capellanus
    Andreas Capellanus
    French author 12th century
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    Even if the whole earth and sea were turned to gold, they could hardly satisfy the avarice of a woman... You can more easily scratch a diamond with your fingernail than you can by any human ingenuity get a woman to consent to giving any of her savings.
  • Francesco Petrarca
    Francesco Petrarca
    Italian scholar, humanist and poet 1304-1374
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    Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
  • John Maynard Keynes
    John Maynard Keynes
    British economist 1883-1946
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    For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
    Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942)
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    French essayist and philosopher 1533-1592
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    It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.
  • George Washington
    George Washington
    First president of the US 1732-1799
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    It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
  • Andreas Capellanus
    Andreas Capellanus
    French author 12th century
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    Love is always a stranger in the house of avarice.
  • Marquis de Sade
    Marquis de Sade
    French nobleman, revolutionary and writer 1740-1814
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    Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
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