There is an expression in my language which translates to something like this:

The eyes of the avaricious are like a pitcher which will never get full (they desire everything they see): a seashell will not host pearls, until it is content and closes up.

So, despite my poor translation, I think the message was conveyed more or less. I was wondering, whether you guys have something like this or not, or can point me in the right direction.

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    @owiuertoiwrut, where did you find that "immunerate" is a word? I'm finding only 88 results on Google, none of which are dictionaries. – vpn Aug 3 '17 at 19:59
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    There's a quote from Socrates that goes: "He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have" with I think captures that message – Mako212 Aug 3 '17 at 20:30
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    It's a new one on me too. It sounds like a portmanteau of "remunerate" and "immune", which I think @owiuertoiwrut has invented. – Max Williams Aug 3 '17 at 20:30

I definitely don't think it was an unclear translation!

In terms of English idioms related to greed, I can think of a few:

Her greed knew no bounds.

Give an inch and he'll take a mile.

However, I cannot think of any that have to do with animals, if that's what you were looking for.

  • Don't worry about animals, which is not intended, per "An expression...greedy people." – Yosef Baskin Aug 4 '17 at 4:19

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