For there is nothing so characteristic of narrowness and littleness of soul as the love of riches.

[Nihil enim est tam angusti animi tamque parvi quam amare divitias.]

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman orator, statesman, philosopher
De Officiis [On Duties; On Moral Duty; The Offices], Book 1, ch. 20 / sec. 68 (44 BC) [tr. Miller (1913)]

Original Latin. Alt. trans.:
  • "For nothing is a greater sign of a narrow, mean, and sordid spirit, than to dote on riches." [tr. Cockman (1699)]
  • "For there is not a greater symptom of a narrow and little mind, than the love of wealth." [tr. McCartney (1798)]
  • "For nothing so truly characterizes a narrow, grovelling disposition as to love riches." [tr. Edmonds (1865)]
  • "For nothing shows so narrow and small a mind as the love of riches." [tr. Peabody (1883)]
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