|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.|
MarloweThe Jew of Malta. Act I. Sc. 2.
|Quicquid servatur, cupimus magis: ipsaque furem|
Cura vocat. Pauci, quod sinit alter, amant.
We covet what is guarded; the very care invokes the thief. Few love what they may have.
OvidAmorum. III. 4. 25.
|Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.|
True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.
PhædrusFables. II. 1. 12.
|Alieni appetens sui profusus.|
Covetous of the property of others and prodigal of his own.
| I am not covetous for gold,|
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men 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.
Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 24.
|When workmen strive to do better than well,|
They do confound their skill in covetousness.
King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 28.