Anacreon on Destruction by Money

Posted by admin on Friday, June 20, 2014

Anacreon Money Quotation saying even family members turn on each other and are destroyed by worshipping cash. Anacreon said:
 
Cursed be he above all others Who's enslaved by love of money. Money takes the place of brothers, Money takes the place of parents, Money brings us war and slaughter Quote
 

“Cursed be he above all others Who’s enslaved by love of money. Money takes the place of brothers, Money takes the place of parents, Money brings us war and slaughter” — Anacreon

 

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In this quote, ancient Greek lyric poet Anacreon seems to be strongly criticizing the corrupting influence of excessive love of money and the pursuit of wealth. He portrays being enslaved or controlled by a desire for riches as a curse. Anacreon suggests that when money becomes the top priority over family and relationships, it can “take the place” of and damage bonds with brothers and parents.

He also argues that the quest for money ultimately “brings us war and slaughter”, implying financial ambition often leads to conflict, violence and human costs.

The quote conveys Anacreon’s perspective that placing too much emphasis on accumulating wealth can degrade important social ties and human values, while also fostering hostility, aggression and harm in broader society due to the cutthroat competition and inequality that results when money becomes the overriding focus.

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