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He that would live clear of envy must lay his finger on his mouth, and keep his hand out of the ink-pot.
- Sir Roger L'Estrange
Envy is blind, and has no other quality but that of detracting from virtue.
- Titus Livy
Envy, like fire, soars upward.
[Lat., Invidiam, tamquam ignem, summa petere.]
- Titus Livy, Annales (VIII, 31)
No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.
[Lat., A proximis quisque minime anteire vult.]
- Titus Livy, Annales (XXXVIII, 49)
For something in the envy of the small
Still loves the vast democracy of death!
- Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")
Save those who fill the highest stations, I know of none more unfortunate than those who envy them.
- Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon
I don't believe that there is a human creature in his senses, arrived to maturity, that at some time or other has not been carried away by this passion (sc. envy) in good earnest; yet I never met with any one who dared own he was guilty of it but in jest.
- Bernard Mandeville
I am Envy. I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.
- Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
We are all clever enough at envying a famous man while he is yet alive.
The envious will die, but envy never.
[Fr., Les envieux mourront, mais non jamais l'envie.]
- Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
Tartuffe (V, 3)
Other passions have objects to flatter them, and seem to content and satisfy them for a while; there is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury, and pelf in covetousness; but envy can gain nothing but vexation.
- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead.
[Lat., Pascitur in vivis livor; post fata quiescit.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
(I, 15, 39)
Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks.
[Lat., Summa petit livor: perflant altissima venti.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
Remedia Amoris (CCCLXIX)
Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer.
[Lat., Ingenium magni detractat livor Homeri.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
Remedia Amoris (CCCLXV)
Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.
- Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn
Envy, the attendant of the empty mind.
We ought to be guarded against every appearance of envy, as a passion that always implies inferiority wherever it resides.
- Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)
Envy pierces more in the restriction of praises than in the exaggeration of its criticisms.
- Achille Poincelot
Envy will merit as its shade pursue,
But like a shadow, proves the substance true.
- Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
(pt. II, l. 266)
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)
Envy, eldest born of hell, embru'd
Her hands in blood, and taught the sons of men
To make which nature never made,
And God abhorr'd.
- Bishop Beilby Porteus
Envy--the rottenness of the bones.
We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.
- Jean Rostand
Stones and sticks are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.
- Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)
Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a lamb under the influence of the evil eye.
[Lat., L'invidia, figliuol mio, se stessa macera,
E si dilegua come agnel per fascino.]
- Jacopo Sannazaro (Sannazarius),
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