Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
- Thomas Jefferson
It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.
- Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
From top to bottom of the ladder, greed is aroused without knowing where to find ultimate foothold. Nothing can calm it, since its goal is far beyond all it can attain. Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.
- Emile Durkheim
So for a good old-gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice.
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