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[ Also see Envy Example Imitation Originality Rivalry ]

It is scarce possible at once to admire and excel an author, as water rises no higher than the reservoir it falls from.
      - Francis Bacon

Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
      - Honore de Balzac

Emulation, even in brutes, is sensitively "nervous." See the tremor of the thoroughbred racer before he starts. The dray-horse does not tremble, but he does not emulate. It is not his work to run a race. Says Marcus Antoninus, "It is all one to a stone whether it be thrown upward or downward." Yet the emulation of a man of genius is seldom with his contemporaries, that is, inwardly in his mind, although outwardly in his act it would seem so. The competitors with whom his secret ambition seems to vie are the dead.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Emulation and imitation are of twin birth.
      - Charles Buxton

Emulation is a handsome passion; it is enterprising, but just withal. It keeps a man within the terms of honor, and makes the contest for glory just and generous. He strives to excel, but it is by raising himself, not by depressing others.
      - Jeremy Collier

Emulation has been termed a spur to virtue, and assumes to be a spur of gold. But it is a spur composed of baser materials, and if tried in the furnace will be found to want that fixedness which is the characteristic of gold. He that pursues virtue, only to surpass others, is not far from wishing others less forward than himself; and he that rejoices too much at his own perfections will be too little grieved at the defects of other men.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is averse to talent to be consorted and trained up with inferior minds or inferior companions, however high they may rank. The foal of the racer neither finds out his speed, nor calls out his powers, if pastured out with the common herd, that are destined for the collar and the yoke.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Terror has its inspiration, as well as competition.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Unsuccessful emulation is too apt to sink into envy, which of all sins has not even the excuse to offer of temporary gratification.
      - Sydney Thompson Dobell

Those fair ideas to my aid I'll call, and emulate to my great original.
      - John Dryden

Emulation embalms the dead; envy, the vampire, blasts the living.
      - Henry Fuseli

Does the man live who has not felt this spur to action, in a more or less generous spirit? Emulation lives so near to envy that it is sometimes difficult to establish the boundary-lines.
      - Henry Giles

Worldly ambition is founded on pride or envy, but emulation, or laudable ambition, is actually founded in humility; for it evidently implies that we have a low opinion of our present attainments, and think it necessary to be advanced.
      - Joseph Hall

Emulation is grief arising from seeing one's self, exceeded or excelled by his concurrent, together with hope to equal or exceed him in time to come, by his own ability. But envy is the same grief joined with pleasure conceived in the imagination of some ill-fortune that may befall him.
      - Thomas Hobbes

When emulation leads us to strive for self-elevation by merit alone, and not by belittling another, then it is one of the grandest possible incentives to action.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Where there is emulation, there will be vanity; where there is vanity, there will be folly.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

'T is no shame to follow the better precedent.
      - Ben Jonson

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Envy, to which th' ignoble mind's a slave,
  Is emulation in the learn'd or brave.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 191)

Give me the boy who rouses when he is praised, who profits when he is encouraged and who cries when he is defeated. Such a boy will be fired by ambition; he will be stung by reproach, and animated by preference; never shall I apprehend any bad consequences from idleness in such a boy.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

Emulation is a noble and just passion, full of appreciation.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

An envious fever of pale and bloodless emulation.
      - William Shakespeare

Emulation hath a thousand sons, that one by one pursue; if you give way, or edge aside from the direct forthright, like to an entered tide, they all rush by, and leave you hindmost.
      - William Shakespeare

There is emulation even in vice.
      - Eugene Sue (Marie Joseph Eugene Sue)

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