All covet, all lose. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Oh, may I with myself agree,
And never covet what I see.
Content me with an humble shade,
My passions tamed, my wishes laid;
For, while our wishes wildly roll.
We banish quiet from the soul.
It is thus the busy beat the air,
And misers gather wealth and care. [ Dyer ]
Change, change, - we all covet change. [ Chamfort ]
We all covet wealth, but not its perils. [ Bruyere ]
Those who covet much suffer from the want. [ Horace ]
It is natural to covet just what we have not. [ Achilles Poincelot ]
Those that much covet are with gain so fond,
That what they have not, that which they possess,
They scatter and unloose it from their bond.
And so, by hoping more, they have but less. [ William Shakespeare ]
That which we may live without we need not covet much. [ Proverb ]
The million covet wealth, but how few dream of its perils? [ John Neal ]
A woman forgives everything, but the fact that you do not covet her. [ A. de Musset ]
Revenge, that thirsty dropsy of our souls, makes us covet that which hurts us most. [ Massinger ]
Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything. [ Epictetus ]