"Avarice is the necessary Consequent of old Age"

What makes vices attractive is the pleasure they give the senses. In old age, however, the senses become dull. There is nothing left but the joy of material possession. The connection of age and avarice was mentioned as long ago as 160 B.C. by the Roman playwright, Terence (190? - 159 B.C.). In Don Juan, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) said sardonically, "So for a good old-gentlemanly vice/ I think I must take up with avarice."

Avarice, Print, Engraving, 21.59 x 14.29 cm. Plate 6 from Matham's series The Vices. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Public DomainAvarice, Print, Engraving, 21.59 x 14.29 cm. Plate 6 from Matham's series The Vices. In the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.