Amongst the people is he who seateth himself amid the sandals by the door whilst coveting in his heart the seat of honour. Say: What manner of man art thou, O vain and heedless one, who wouldst appear as other than thou art?
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 31)
Detachment is as the sun; in whatsoever heart it doth shine it quencheth the fire of covetousness and self.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í World, V 1, p. 42)
Disencumber yourselves of all attachment to this world and the vanities thereof. Beware that ye approach them not, inasmuch as they prompt you to walk after your own lusts and covetous desires, and hinder you from entering the straight and glorious Path.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 275)
Follow not that which the Evil One whispereth in your hearts, for he, verily, doth prompt you to walk after your lusts and covetous desires, and hindereth you from treading the straight Path which this all-embracing and all-compelling Cause hath opened.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p. 52)
Put away all covetousness and seek contentment; for the covetous hath ever been deprived, and the contented hath ever been loved and praised.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 50)
Reflect, how the people have rejected the Beauty of God, and have clung unto their covetous desires.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Iqan, p. 252)
Righteous men of learning who dedicate themselves to the guidance of others and are freed and well-guarded from the promptings of a base and covetous nature are, in the sight of Him Who is the Desire of the world, stars of the heaven of true knowledge. It is essential to treat them with deference. They are indeed fountains of soft-flowing water, stars that shine resplendent, fruits of the blessed Tree, exponents of celestial power, and oceans of heavenly wisdom. Happy is he that followeth them. Verily such a soul is numbered in the Book of God, the Lord of the mighty Throne, among those with whom it shall be well.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 96-97)
Those who speak falsehoods, who covet worldly things and seek to accumulate the riches of this earth are not of me.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 456)