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He clutched it to his bosom in an ecstasy of avarice.
Nor was this all; for though by this job I was become considerably richer than before, yet the resolution I had formerly taken, of leaving off this horrid trade when I had gotten a little more, did not return, but I must still get farther, and more; and the avarice joined so with the success, that I had no more thought of coming to a timely alteration of life, though without it I could expect no safety, no tranquillity in the possession of what I had so wickedly gained; but a little more, and a little more, was the case still.
He was perfectly astonished with the historical account gave him of our affairs during the last century; protesting "it was only a heap of conspiracies, rebellions, murders, massacres, revolutions, banishments, the very worst effects that avarice, faction, hypocrisy, perfidiousness, cruelty, rage, madness, hatred, envy, lust, malice, and ambition, could produce.
Gambling is the son of avarice, and the father of despair.
Football is a global industry which makes some people rich beyond avarice as colossal sums of money change hands.
That's unseemly avarice, of course, but small beer beside the progeny of Dr Martin Luther King, who have made it impossible for a film-maker to use his actual words in the new bio-pic of his life, Selma.
Once there was a stable, and a babe in a manger Good will to all men, especially the stranger A hug, an embrace and of course all the best Bless you and yours and of course all the rest A star on the tree, a place for the grotto Tidings to you all was always the motto Black Friday appeared, it's message was bleak Avarice and greed they trampled the weak Getting into debt because of their kids The PlayStations, the Xbox and vids Foodbanks for people in this day and age Poverty and need re-enter the stage Look out for those with only the least We've come a long way form that star in the East
Greed or avarice is the inordinate desire to acquire and possess more than one needs to survive.
I've been thinking about the seven deadly sins for a while," says British artist Barnaby Barford, whose exhibition of new life-size sculptural mirrors, each based on a vice (pride, avarice, gluttony, envy, lust, sloth, and wrath), opens in February at the David Gill Galleries in London.
It's not so much the lack of respect for each other and the scourge of anti-social behaviour, more the greed and avarice born of an economic system that demands growth, growth and yet more growth.
Mr Lynch and Co clearly find it acceptable to want more, more, more in return for less, less, less (who's committing avarice now Mr Lynch?
Structurally, the work is divided into six chapters: I, "The Myth of the Golden Age"; II, "The Figure of Saturn in Dante's Divine Comedy"; III, "Dante's Search for the Golden Age: Avarice and Justice"; IV, "Henry VII and the Dream of a new Golden Age"; V, "The Medusa as Cupiditas"; and, VI, "Avarice and Prodigality among the Suicides.