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Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.

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.

If our credit be so well built, so firm that it is not easy to be shaken by calumny or insinuation, envy then commends us, and extols us beyond reason to those upon whom we depend, till they grow jealous, and so blow us up when they cannot throw us down.

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.

It is better to be envied than pitied.

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.

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 back.

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

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.

The benevolent have the advantage of the envious, even in this present life; for the envious man is tormented not only by all the ill that befalls himself, but by all the good that happens to another; whereas the benevolent man is the better prepared to bear his own calamities unruffled, from the complacency and serenity he has secured from contemplating the prosperity of all around him.

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

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!

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

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

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

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.

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.


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