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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Covetousness
 
Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
        Marlowe—The Jew of Malta. Act I. Sc. 2.
  1
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.
        Ovid—Amorum. III. 4. 25.
  2
Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.
  True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.
        Phædrus—Fables. II. 1. 12.
  3
Alieni appetens sui profusus.
  Covetous of the property of others and prodigal of his own.
        Sallust—Catilina. V.
  4
      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.
  5
When workmen strive to do better than well,
They do confound their skill in covetousness.
        King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 28.
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