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Regarding Alex Berger’s Feb. 18 TimesLedger Newspapers column “Money a very useful thing, but still the root of all evil,” the correct quote is “Greed is the root of all evil,” translated from the Latin “cupiditas radix malorum est.”

The love of money — greed (cupiditas) — is one of the seven deadly sins, the others being lust, gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

Everyone says, “Money is the root of all evil” and Berger is not the only one. But love of money is, obviously, what leads to evil, not money itself.

I just thought Berger would find the history behind this saying interesting.

Ruth Malin

Forest Hills

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