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

We are often infinitely mistaken, and take the falsest measures, when we envy the happiness of rich and great men; we know not the inward canker that eats out all their joy and delight, and makes them really much more miserable than ourselves.
      - Joseph Hall

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Envy is the deformed and distorted offspring of egotism; and when we reflect on the strange and disproportioned character of the parent, we cannot wonder at the perversity and waywardness of the child.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Envy is the most universal passion. We only pride ourselves on the qualities we possess, or think we possess; but we envy the pretensions we have, and those which we have not, and do not even wish for. We envy the greatest qualities and every trifling advantage. We envy the most ridiculous appearance or affectation of superiority. We envy folly and conceit; nay, we go so far as to envy whatever confers distinction of notoriety, even vice and infamy.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Envy, among other ingredients, has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good fortune.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Mankind are so ready to bestow their admiration on the dead, because the latter do not hear it, or because it gives no pleasure to the objects of it. Even fame is the offspring of envy.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We had rather do anything than acknowledge the merit of another if we can help it. We cannot bear a superior or an equal. Hence ridicule is sure to prevail over truth, for the malice of mankind, thrown into the scale, gives the casting weight.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

There is but one man who can believe himself free from envy; and it is he who has never examined his own heart.
      - Claude Arien Helvetius

Envy not greatness: for thou mak'st thereby
  Thyself the worse, and so the distance greater.
      - George Herbert, The Church--Church Porch
         (st. 44)

Better it is to be envied than pitied.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History")

It is better to be envied than pitied.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History"), Thalia

The artist envies what the arties gains,
  The bard the rival bard's successful strains.
      - Hesiod, Works and Days (bk. I, l. 43)

Envy is not to be conquered but by death.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

The envious pine at others' success; no greater punishment than envy was devised by Sicilian tyrants.
  [Lat., Invidus alterius marescit rebus opimis;
    Invidia Siculi non invenere tyranni
      Majus tormentus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 2, 57)

If I smile at the strong perfumes of the silly Rufillus must I be regarded as envious and ill-natured?
  [Lat., Ego si risi quod ineptus
    Pastillos Rufillus olet, Gargonius hircum, lividus et mordax videar?]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 4, 91)

Envy! eldest-born of hell!
      - Charles Jennens of Gopsall,
        also ascribed to Newburgh Hamilton

All envy is proportionate to desire.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Envy sets the stronger seal on desert; if he have no enemies, I should esteem his fortune most wretched.
      - Ben Jonson

The Sicilian tyrants never devised a greater punishment than envy.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

In our road through life we may happen to meet with a man casting a stone reverentially to enlarge the cairn of another which stone he has carried in his bosom to sling against that very other's head.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The truest mark of being born with great qualities is being born without envy.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We often glory in the most criminal passion; but that of envy is so shameful that we dare not even own it.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Just so far as we are pleased at finding faults, are we displeased at finding perfection.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)


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