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On Envy

   Envy is a moth to the heart, a canker to the thought, and a 
   rust to the soul.

   Envy shoots at others, but hits itself.

   The greatest mischief you can do the envious, is to do well.

   Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous,
    But who can stand before envy?

                                  Prov 27:4

   Envy is blind, and has no other quality but that of detracting 
   from virtue.

   Envy slayeth the silly ones. 

   Harbor not the vice called envy, lest another's happiness be 
   your torment.

   Pride poisoned with malice becomes envy.

   No one would be envied if his whole estate were known.  

   Envy has no other quality but that of detracting from virtue. 


   Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame, that nobody 
   ever had the confidence to own it. 

   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; and whoso is out of hope to attain to another's 
   virtue, will seek to come at even hand by depressing another's 


   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.

   If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things 
   that they possess, there would not be much envy in the world. 


   The truest mark of being born with great qualities, is being 
   born without envy. 

   Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit 
   of some excuse, but envy wants both.  We should strive against 
   it, for if indulged in it will be to us a foretaste of hell 
   upon earth. 

   Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue; but, like a shadow, 
   proves the substance true. 

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

   Envy feels not its own happiness but when it may be compared 
   with the misery of others. 

   Other passions have objects to flatter them, and which 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. 


   There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest moral and 
   intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence. 
                                              G. Bailey

   Base envy withers at another's joy, and hates the excellence it 
   cannot reach. 

   Envy always implies conscious inferiority wherever it resides. 


   No crime is so great to envy as daring to excel. 

                               Charles Churchill

   We are often vain of even the most criminal of our passions; 
   but envy is so shameful a passion that we never dare to 
   acknowledge it. 

   The envious praise only that which they can surpass; that which 
   surpasses them they censure. 


   Men of noble birth are noted to be envious toward new men when 
   they rise; for the distance is altered; it is like a deceit of 
   the eye, that when others come on they think themselves go 

   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 

   Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another's 
   prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, 
   will sting itself to death. 

   Envy makes us see what will serve to accuse others, and not 
   perceive what may justify them. 

                                           Daniel Wilson

   As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man. 


   The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor. 


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