Mark Twain quote about coveting from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
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in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
 Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). copy citation

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Author Mark Twain
Source The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Topic coveting
Date 1876
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/74/74-h/74-h.htm

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“He had had a nice, good, idle time all the while—plenty of company—and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it! If he hadn't run out of whitewash he would have bankrupted every boy in the village.
Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. 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. If he had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” source

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