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

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
      - Antisthenes

As rust corrupts iron, so envy corrupts man.
      - Antisthenes

A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others; for men's minds will either feed upon their own good or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one will prey upon the other.
      - Francis Bacon

It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.
      - Francis Bacon

Men of noble birth are noted to be envious towards new men when they rise; for the distance is all told, and it is like a deceit of the eye, that when others come on they think themselves going back.
      - Francis Bacon

There is some good in public envy, whereas in private there is none; for public envy is as an ostracism that eclipseth men when they grow too great; and therefore it is a bridle also to great ones to keep within bounds.
      - Francis Bacon

Envy may justly be called "the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity;" it is the most acid fruit that grows on the stock of sin, a fluid so subtle that nothing but the fire of divine love can purge it from the soul.
      - Hosea Ballou

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole.
      - Honore de Balzac

How can we explain the perpetuity of envy--a vice which yields no return?
      - Honore de Balzac

There are as many mediocrities exalted through pity as masters decried through envy.
      - Honore de Balzac

Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor will feel a pleasure in the reverse; and those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues are happy if others can be depressed to a level with themselves.
      - John Marshall Barker

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock. Abraham's riches were the Philistines' envy; and Jacob's blessing bred Esau's hatred.
      - J. Beaumont

The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to bad end.
      - Max Beerbohm

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIV, v. 30)

When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

'Tis the beginning of hell in this life, and a passion not to be excused. Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse: envy alone wants both.
      - Robert Burton

They say that love and tears are learned without any master; and I may say that there is no great need of studying at the court to learn envy and revenge.
      - Nicolas Caussin

In short, virtue cannot live where envy reigns, nor liberality subsist with niggardliness.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Envy is like a fly that passes all the body's sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.
      - Arthur Chapman

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
      - St. John Chrysostom

Those who raise envy will easily incur censure.
      - Charles Churchill

Thy danger chiefly lies in acting well;
  No crime's so great as daring to excel.
      - Charles Churchill

With that malignant envy which turns pale,
  And sickens, even if a friend prevail.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 127)

Envy is a weed that grows in all soils and climates, and is no less luxuriant in the country than in the court; is not confined to any rank of men or extent of fortune, but rages in the breasts of all degrees.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde

If envy, like anger, did not burn itself in its own fire, and consume and destroy those persons it possesses, before it can destroy those it wishes worst to, it would set the whole world on fire, and leave the most excellent persons the most miserable.
      - Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde


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