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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Covetousness
 
A covetous abbot for one offering loses a hundred.  1
A covetous man does nothing that he should till he dies.  2
A covetous man has two sources of inquietudes: how to amass money and how to use it.  Sri Lankan.  3
A covetous man is a dog in a wheel that roasts meat for others.  4
A covetous man makes a half-penny of a farthing and a liberal man makes sixpence of it.  5
A covetous man makes no friend.  Sri Lankan.  6
A covetous woman deserves a swindling gallant.  7
All covet, all lose.  Italian, Dutch.  8
Covet nothing over much.  Chilo.  9
Covetous men are condemned to dig in the mines for they know not who.  10
Covetous men are neither clothed, fed nor respected.  11
Covetous men live drudges to die wretches.  12
Covetous men’s chests are rich, not they.  13
Covetousness as well as prodigality brings a man to a morsel of bread.  14
Covetousness brings nothing home.  15
Covetousness bursts the bag.  Spanish.  16
Covetousness is always filling a bottomless vessel.  17
Covetousness is never satisfied until its mouth is filled with dirt.  Dutch.  18
Covetousness is the father of unsatisfied desires.  Yorubas. (Africa.)  19
Covetousness starves other vices.  20
Even covetous men have sometimes their intervals of generosity.  21
That which we may live without, we need not much covet.  22
The world is too small for the covetous.  Latin.  23
Those who covet much want much.  Horace.  24
 
 
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