Prodigality is indeed the vice of a weak nature, as avarice is of a strong one; it comes of a weak craving for those blandishments of the world which are easily to be had for money, and which, when obtained, are as much worse than worthless as a harlot's love is worse than none.
A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman, Fram'd in the Prodigality of nature, Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal, The spacious world cannot again afford.Richard, Duke of Gloucester, scene ii (Act I)
From the violence and rule of passion, from a servile will, and a commanding lust, from pride and vanity, from false opinion and ignorant confidence; from improvidence and Prodigality, from envy and the spirit of slander; from sensuality, from presumption and from despair; from a state of temptation and a hardened spirit; from delaying of repentance and persevering in sin; from unthankfulness and irreligion, and from seducing others; from all infatuation of soul, folly, and madness; from willfulness, self-love, and vain ambition; from a vicious life and an unprovided death, good Lord, deliver us.Jeremy Taylor, p. 468. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
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