the more you get, the more you want

An observation more succinctly stated as much would have more. Cf. HORACE Epistles II. ii. 147 quanto plura parasti, tanto plura cupis, you want as much again as you have already got.

c 1340 R. ROLLE Psalter (1884) 97 The mare that a man has the brennandere [more ardently] he askis.

a 1450 Castle of Perseverance 1. 3268 in Macro Plays (EETS) The more he hadde, the more he cravyd, Whyl the lyf lefte hym with-Inne.

1578 J. FLORIO First Fruits 32 The more a man hath, the more he desireth.

1798 W. MANNING Key of Liberty (1922) 9 In short he is never easy, but the more he has the more he wants.

1940 G. H. COXE Glass Triangle x. I was averaging eighty to a hundred [dollars] a week. Well, you know how it is. The more you get the more you want.

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