|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| And were it not that they are loath to lay out money on a rope, they would be hanged forthwith, and sometimes die to save charges.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Memb. 3. Subsec. 12.
| A mere madness, to live like a wretch, and die rich.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Memb. 3. Subsec. 13.
| If I knew a miser, who gave up every kind of comfortable living, all the pleasure of doing good to others, all the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the joys of benevolent friendship, for the sake of accumulating wealth, Poor man, said I, you pay too much for your whistle.|
Benj. FranklinThe Whistle.
|Hoards after hoards his rising raptures fill;|
Yet still he sighs, for hoards are wanting still.
|Quærit, et inventis miser abstinet, ac timet uti.|
The miser acquires, yet fears to use his gains.
HoraceArs Poetica. 170.
| The unsunnd heaps|
Of misers treasures.
MiltonComus. L. 398.
|Abiturus illuc priores abierunt,|
Quid mente cæca torques spiritum?
Tibi dico, avare.
Since you go where all have gone before, why do you torment your disgraceful life with such mean ambitions, O miser?
PhædrusFables. IV. 19. 16.
|He sat among his bags, and, with a look|
Which hell might be ashamed of, drove the poor
Away unalmsed; and midst abundance died
Sorest of evils!died of utter want.
PollokCourse of Time. Bk. III. L. 276.
|Tis strange the miser should his cares employ|
To gain those riches he can neer enjoy;
Is it less strange the prodigal should waste
His wealth to purchase what he neer can taste?
PopeMoral Essays. Ep. IV. L. 1.
|Decrepit miser; base, ignoble wretch;|
I am descended of a gentler blood.
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 7.
| Tam deest avaro quod habet, quam quod non habet.|
The miser is as much in want of what he has, as of what he has not.