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money is the root of all evil

Money, more specifically the desire to obtain and amass it, is the ultimate reason humans do evil things to one another. The promise of wealth is what eventually led him to murder his own brother. As ever, money remains the root of all evil.
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Money is the root of all evil.

 and The love of money is the root of all evil.
Prov. People do many evil things in order to get rich. (Biblical. Compare this with Idleness is the root of all evil.) Fred: I know I could make more money if I just knew the right things to invest in. Ellen: Don't worry so much about money. It's the root of all evil, after all. As the newspapers continued to report the dastardly things the wealthy young banker had done to become even wealthier, people shook their heads and remarked, "The love of money is the root of all evil."
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money is the root of all evil

People say money is the root of all evil when they want to suggest that greed is the cause of a particular problem or the cause of society's problems in general. They say money is the root of all evil and cases like this seem to suggest it's true. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of money to suggest that these things are the cause of a problem. Greed may not be the root of all evil, but it is certainly behind many conflicts, from schoolyard fights to full-scale wars. Note: This expression comes from the proverb the love of money is the root of all evil. If ever we want evidence that the love of money is the root of all evil, we only have to look at the human cost of many monetary policies and decisions. Note: This proverb comes from a letter in the Bible from St. Paul to his disciple Timothy. (1 Timothy 6:10)
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money is the root of all evil

Materialism is the source of evil-doing. This term is a misquotation of a New Testament teaching: “The love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Another frequently quoted version is a translation from the Latin Radix malorum est cupiditas: “The desire for money is the root of evil.” Shaw turned it around in Man and Superman (1905): “Lack of money is the root of all evil.” He may have been paraphrasing Samuel Butler, who said much the same thing several decades earlier (in Erewhon, 1872).
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