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ENVY
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[ Also see Animosity Contentment Covetousness Doubt Emulation Hatred Jealousy Resentment Rivalry Suspicion ]

If our credit be so well built, so firm, that it is not easy to be shaken by calumny or insinuation, envy then commends us, and extols us beyond reason to those upon whom we depend, till they grow jealous, and so blow us up when they cannot throw us down.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

Nothing can allay the rage of biting envy.
  [Lat., Rabiem livoris acerbi
    Nulla potest placare quies.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus),
        De Raptu Proserpinoe (III, 290)

It is because we have but a small portion of enjoyment ourselves that we feel so little pleasure in the good fortune of others. Is it possible for the happy to be envious?
      - William Benton Clulow

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
      - Harold Coffin

Envy is an ill-natured vice, and is made up of meanness and malice. It wishes the force of goodness to be strained, and the measure of happiness abated. It laments over prosperity, and sickens at the sight of health. It oftentimes wants spirit as well as good nature.
      - Jeremy Collier

Envy is of all others the most ungratifying and disconsolate passion. There is power for ambition, pleasure for luxury, and pelf even for covetousness; but envy gets no reward but vexation.
      - Jeremy Collier

Envy lies between two beings equal in nature though unequal in circumstances.
      - Jeremy Collier

Envy, like a cold prison, benumbs and stupefies; and, conscious of its own impotence, folds its arms in despair.
      - Jeremy Collier

As the rays of the sun, notwithstanding their velocity, injure not the eye, by reason of their minuteness, so the attacks of envy, notwithstanding their number, ought not to wound our virtue by reason of their insignificance.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Emulation looks out for merits, that she may exalt herself by a victory; envy spies out blemishes that she may lower another by defeat.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Envy ought in strict truth to have no place whatever allowed it in the heart of man; for the goods of this present world are so vile and low that they are beneath it, and those of the future world are so vast and exalted that they are above it.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another's prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The hate which we all bear with the most Christian patience is the hate of those who envy us.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The praise of the envious is far less creditable than their censure; they praise only that which they can surpass, but that which surpasses them they censure.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

To diminish envy, let us consider not what others possess, but what they enjoy; mere riches may be the gift of lucky accident or blind chance, but happiness must be the result of prudent preference and rational design; the highest happiness then can have no other foundation than the deepest wisdom; and the happiest fool is only as happy as he knows how to be.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The hen of our neighbor appears to us a goose, says the Oriental proverb.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

There is a time in every man's education when be arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Envy is the antagonist of the fortunate.
      - Epictetus

Surely, if we considered detraction to be bred of envy, nested only in deficient minds, we should find that the applauding of virtue would win us far more honor than the seeking slyly to disparage it. That would show we loved what we commended, while this tells the world we grudge at what we want in ourselves.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Envy is a kind of praise.
      - John Gay

To all apparent beauties blind,
  Each blemish strikes an envious mind.
      - John Gay

Envy's a sharper spur than pay:
  No author ever spar'd a brother;
    Wits are gamecocks to one another.
      - John Gay,
        Fables-The Elephant and the Bookseller
         (pt. I, fable 10, l. 74)

Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise.
  For envy is a kind of praise.
      - John Gay, The Hound and the Huntsman

But, oh! what mighty magician can assuage
  A woman's envy?
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne,
        Progress of Beauty

Envy is but the smoke of low estate,
  Ascending still against the fortunate.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke


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