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Envy, like fire, soars upward. [Lat., Invidiam, tamquam ignem, summa petere.]

Titus Livy Quotes , Source: Annales (VIII, 31)

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No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level. [Lat., A proximis quisque minime anteire vult.]

Titus Livy Quotes , Source: Annales (XXXVIII, 49)

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I am Envy. I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

Christopher Marlowe Quotes , Source: Doctor Faustus

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The envious will die, but envy never. [Fr., Les envieux mourront, mais non jamais l'envie.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Tartuffe (V, 3)

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Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead. [Lat., Pascitur in vivis livor; post fata quiescit.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Amorum (I, 15, 39)

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Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks. [Lat., Summa petit livor: perflant altissima venti.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Remedia Amoris (CCCLXIX)

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Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer. [Lat., Ingenium magni detractat livor Homeri.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Remedia Amoris (CCCLXV)

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

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Criticism (pt. II, l. 266)

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Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a lamb under the influence of the evil eye. [Lat., L'invidia, figliuol mio, se stessa macera, E si dilegua come agnel per fascino.]

Jacopo Sannazaro (Sannazarius) Quotes , Source: Ecloga Sesta

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It is the practice of the multitude to bark at eminent men, as little dogs do at strangers.

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Of a Happy Life (ch. XIX)

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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 Quotes , Source: The History of Troilus and Cressida (Ulysses at I, iii)

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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 Quotes , Source: Julius Caesar (Caesar at I, ii)

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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 Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Cromwell at V, iii)

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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 Quotes , Source: The Life of Timon of Athens (Apemantus at I, ii)

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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 Quotes , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Gratiano at IV, i)

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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 Quotes , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at II, ii)

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Do not envy a sinner; you don't know what disaster awaits him.

Old Testament Quotes

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Our envy of others devours us most of all.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes

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Envy is like a fly that passes all the body's sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.

Arthur Chapman Quotes

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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 of themselves.

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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

Francois, Duc De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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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.

Young Quotes

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The only person worth envying is he person who doesn't envy.

Anonymous Quotes

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As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

Antisthenes Quotes

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Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.

Henry Fielding Quotes

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