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There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance: that imitation is suicide: that he must take himself for better, or for worse. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you. - Baltasar Gracian Y Morales


Illustrious: Suitably placed for the shafts of malice, envy and detraction. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


Look! how he laughs and stretches out his arms, And opens wide his blue eyes upon thine, To hail his father; while his little form Flutters as winged with joy. Talk not of pain! The childless cherubs well might envy thee The pleasures of a parent. - Lord Byron


I go about looking at horses and cattle. They eat grass, make love, work when they have to, bear their young. I am sick with envy of them. - Sherwood Anderson


Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. - Heraclitus of Ephesus


Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums. - Samuel Johnson


Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocence, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil: for without this, virtue lieth open and unfenced. - Sir Francis Bacon