June 1, 2010

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s ass – nor his wife’s


“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”
       The Bible, Exodus 20:17 (King James Version)
       The Tenth Commandment


“This was always obviously a no-hoper of a Commandment. Coveting is all everyone does, all the time, everyday. It’s what drives the world economy, pushes people to make a go of their lives...And would you want to be married to someone who nobody coveted?”
       Charles Saatchi
       The British advertising mogul
       In an interview posted on The Daily Beast


“I have coveted my father’s adultery and not honored my neighbor’s ass.”
       Rowan Atkinson, as Edmund (Blackadder) 
       Confessing his sins in “The Archbishop” episode of Black Adder (1983)


“You shall not covet thy neighbor's wife? Well, how about if she goddamn covets me? What do you think about that?”
       Gene Simmons
       U.S. rock musician in the band Kiss
       In a “What I've Learned” interview in Esquire, reprinted in Esquire’s The Meaning of Life

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