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

It is the practice of the multitude to bark at eminent men, as little dogs do at strangers.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Of a Happy Life (ch. XIX)

How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
      - William Shakespeare

No metal can--no, not the hangman's axe--bear half the keenness of thy sharp envy.
      - William Shakespeare

Such men as he be never at heart's ease
  Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,
    And therefore are they very dangerous.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Caesar at I, ii)

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
  Who is already sick and pale with grief
    That thou her maid art far more fair than she.
      Be not her maid, since she is envious.
        Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
          And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at II, ii)

The general's disdained
  By him one step below, he by the next,
    The next by him beneath; so every step,
      Exampled by the first pace that is sick
        Of his superior, grows to an envious fever
          Of pale and bloodless emulation:
            And 'tis this fever that keeps Troy on foot,
              Not her own sinews.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at I, iii)

Men that make
  Envy and crooked malice nourishment
    Dare bite the best.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Cranmer at V, iii)

My mind gave me,
  In seeking tales and informations
    Against this man, whose honesty the devil
      And his disciples only envy at,
        Ye blew the fire that burns ye: now have at ye!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Cromwell at V, iii)

We make ourselves fools to disport ourselves
  And spend our flatteries to drink those men
    Upon whose age we void it up again
      With poisonous spite and envy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Apemantus at I, ii)

Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew,
  Thou mak'st thy knife keen; but no metal can--
    No, not the hangman's axe--bear half the keenness
      Of thy sharp envy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Gratiano at IV, i)

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

An envious man waxeth lean with the fatness of his neighbors. Envy is the daughter of pride, the author of murder and revenge, the beginner of secret sedition and the perpetual tormentor of virtue. Envy is the filthy slime of the soul; a venom, a poison, or quicksilver which consumeth the flesh and drieth up the marrow of the bones.
      - Socrates

And next to him malicious Envy rode
  Upon a ravenous wolfe, and still did chaw
    Between his cankered teeth a venomous tode,
      That all the poison ran about his jaw;
        But inwardly he chawed his own maw
          At neighbour's wealth that made him ever sad
            For death it was when any good he saw;
              And wept, that cause of weeping none he had;
                And when he heard of harme he waxed wondrous glad.
      - Edmund Spenser

The envious man is in pain upon all occasions which ought to give him pleasure. The relish of his life is inverted; and the objects which administer the highest satisfaction to those who are exempt from this passion give the quickest pangs to persons who are subject to it. All the perfections of their fellow creatures are odious. Youth, beauty, valor and wisdom are provocations of their displeasure. What a wretched and apostate state is this! to be offended with excellence, and to hate a man because we approve him!
      - Sir Richard Steele

That incessant envy wherewith the common rate of mankind pursues all superior natures to their own.
      - Jonathan Swift

When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Many men profess to hate another, but no man owns envy, as being an enmity or displeasure for no cause but goodness or felicity.
      - Jeremy Taylor

To our betters eve can reconcile ourselves, if you please--respecting them sincerely, laughing at their jokes, making allowance for their stupidities, meekly suffering their insolence; but we can't pardon our equals going beyond us.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Base envy withers at another's joy,
  And hates that excellence it cannot reach.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring (l. 28)

To be an object of hatred and aversion to their contemporaries has been the usual fate of all those whose merit has raised them above the common level. The man who submits to the shafts of envy for the sake of noble objects pursues a judicious course for his own lasting fame. Hatred dies with its object, while merit soon breaks forth in full splendor, and his glory is handed down to posterity in never-dying strains.
      - Thucydides

There is no guard to be kept against envy, because no man knows where it dwells, and generous and innocent men are seldom jealous and suspicious till they feel the wound.
      - Unknown

Of all hostile feelings, envy is perhaps the hardest to be subdued, because hardly any one owns it even to himself, but looks out for one pretext after another to justify his hostility.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

When any person of really eminent virtue becomes the object of envy, the clamor and abuse by which he is assailed is but the sign and accompaniment of his success in doing service to the public. And if he is a truly wise man, he will take no more notice of it than the moon does of the howling of the dogs. Her only answer to them is to shine on.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

A weak mind is ambitious of envy, a strong one of respect.
      - Edward Wigglesworth

Newton found that a star, examined through a glass tarnished by smoke, was diminished into a speck of light. But no smoke ever breathed so thick a mist as envy or detraction.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

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