Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire.
~ A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
There is no credulity so eager and blind as the credulity of covetousness, which, in its universal extent, measures the moral misery and the intellectual destitution of mankind.
by Joseph Conrad
As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is, I believe, the worst of all snares.
~ Moll Flanders
by Daniel Defoe
It was the incarnation of blind and insensate Greed. It was a monster devouring with a thousand mouths, trampling with a thousand hoofs; it was the Great Butcher--it was the spirit of Capitalism made flesh.
~ The Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it--namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
~ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain