Quotations On Avarice

  • It is surely very narrow policy that supposes money to be the chief good.—Johnson.
  • Poverty is in want of much, but avarice of everything.—Publius Syrus.
  • There are two considerations which always imbitter the heart of an avaricious man—the one is a perpetual thirst after more riches, the other the prospect of leaving what he has already acquired.—Fielding.

O cursed lust of gold: when for thy sake
The fool throws up his interest in both worlds,
First starved in this, then damn'd in that to come.

  • Many have been ruined by their fortunes; many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it, the great have become little, and the little great.—Zimmermann.
  • Avarice is the vice of declining years.—George Bancroft.
  • The love of money is the root of all evil.—1 Timothy 6:10.

  • The avaricious man is like the barren, sandy ground of the desert, which sucks in all the rain and dews with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.—Zeno.
  • Avarice in old age, is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road, the nearer we approach to our journey's end?—Cicero.
  • Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.—Cowley.

Riches, like insects, when conceal'd they lie,
Wait but for wings, and in their season fly.
Who sees pale Mammon pine amidst his store,
Sees but a backward steward for the poor;
This year a reservoir, to keep and spare;
The next a fountain, spouting thro' his heir
In lavish streams to quench a country's thirst,
And men and dogs shall drink him till they burst.