an inordinate desire to possess money and property
- It is possible that those who are in no way pressed down with the weight of money may be condemned with the covetous in disposition and intent. For it was the opportunity of possessing which was wanting in their case, and not the will for it.
- John Cassian, Institutes of the Coenobia (c. 420 AD) Book VII Chapter XXII
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 144.
- Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
- Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta (c. 1592), Act I, scene 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.
- Ovid, Amorum (16 BC), III. 4. 25.
- Verum est aviditas dives, et pauper pudor.
- True it is that covetousness is rich, modesty starves.
- Phaedrus, Fables, II. 1. 12.
- Alieni appetens sui profusus.
- Covetous of the property of others and prodigal of his own.
- Sallust, Catilina, V.
- 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.