Not society nor the statenor anyone; no one has asked you to undertake this; you who fillyour position of landowner, merchant, tzar, priest, or soldierknow very well that you occupy that position by no means with theunselfish aim of maintaining the organization of life necessary tomen’s happiness, but simply in your own interests, to satisfy yourown covetousness or vanity or ambition or indolence or cowardice.
Public opinion ever since the time of Moses has regardedcovetousness, profligacy, and cruelty as wrong, and censured themaccordingly.
I could not have imagined that the dervish would be so easily persuaded to part with his camels, which increased my covetousness, and made me flatter myself, that it would be no hard matter to get ten more: wherefore, instead of thanking him for his present, I said to him again; "Brother, the interest I take in your repose is so great, that I cannot resolve to part from you without desiring you to consider once more how difficult a thing it is to govern thirty loaded camels, especially for you who are not used to such work: you will find it much better to return me as many more back as you have done already.
02:018:021 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 02:018:022 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
A few sea birds, such as the sea-gulls and albatross, frequented the shore, and some wild ducks excited the covetousness of Pencroff.