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Aug 20 2016

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
-William Arthur Ward

Don't expect praise without envy, until you're dead.
-Joan Rivers

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

Envy has the ugliness of a trapped rat that has gnawed its own foot in its effort to escape.
-Angus Wilson

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
-Harold Coffin

Envy is the basis of democracy.
-Bertrand Russell

Envy is the central fact of American life.
-Gore Vidal

Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an action, the practice of human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as a result of compulsion.
-Erich Fromm

Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse; envy alone wants both. Other sins last but for awhile; the gut may be satisfied, anger remits, hatred hath an end, envy never ceaseth.
-Robert Burton

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us- avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy- I don't disparage envy but I don't accept it as legitimately my master.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.
-Charley Reese

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

Like Satan, envy doesn't want us to know it exists.
-Christopher Manion

Malice and envy are but two branches growing out of the same bitter root. Self-love and evil-speaking are the fruit they hear. Malice is properly the procuring or wishing another's evil; envy, the repining at his good. And these vent themselves by evil-speaking.
-Robert Leighton

Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.
-Charles Bukowski

The envious will die, but envy never.
-Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
-Margaret Thatcher

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as 'moral indignation,' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
-Erich Fromm

Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog.
-Dale Carnegie

Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
-Henry Fielding

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