like a candle
ill made, smothers the splendor of a happy fortune in its own
instance of a despairing
sinner left upon record in the New Testament is that of a treacherous
deservedly loses his own
property who covets that of another. —Phaedrus.
which is idolatry.—Colossians
covetous person lives as
if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world; to
take in everything, and part with nothing.—South.
men are fools, miserable
wretches, buzzards, madmen, who live by themselves, in perpetual
fear, suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more of gall than honey in
enjoyments; who are rather possessed by their money than possessors of
so blind? That which
we improve, we have, that which we hoard is not for ourselves.—Madame
be not thy servant,
it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to
wealth, as that it may be said to possess him.—Bacon.
give not till they
die show that they would not then if they could keep it any
not a vice which more
effectually contracts and deadens the feelings, which more completely
a man's affections centre in himself, and excludes all others from
in them, than the desire of accumulating possessions. When the desire
once gotten hold on the heart, it shuts out all other considerations,
such as may promote its views. In its zeal for the attainment of its
it is not delicate in the choice of means. As it closes the heart, so
it clouds the understanding. It cannot discern between right and wrong;
it takes evil for good, and good for evil; it calls darkness light, and
light darkness. Beware, then, of the beginning of covetousness, for you
know not where it will end.—Bishop Mant.