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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Envy
 
A man envies every other man except his son and his pupil.  Hebrew.  1
A quarrel in a neighbor’s house is refreshing. i.e., to envious persons.  Tamil.  2
After honor and state, follow envy and hate.  Dutch.  3
All envy is between neighbors.  German.  4
An envious man is a squint-eyed fool.  5
An envious man waxes lean with the fatness of his neighbor.  6
As a moth gnaws a garment, so does envy consume a man.  Chrysostomus.  7
As love thinks no evil, so envy thinks no good.  8
As rust corrupts iron, so envy corrupts man.  Anisthenes.  9
Bad eyes never see any good.  10
Base envy withers at another’s joy,
And hates the excellence it cannot reach.  Thomson.
  11
Better the envy of enemies than the pity of friends.  German.  12
Envy always pursues the fortunate and meritorious.  Arabian.  13
Envy assails the noblest, the winds howl around the highest peaks.  Arabian.  14
Envy and covetousness are never satisfied.  15
Envy beats itself.  German.  16
Envy crieth of spite where honor rideth.  Dutch.  17
Envy does not enter an empty house.  Danish.  18
Envy doth merit like its shade pursue.  Aristophanes.  19
Envy envies itself.  German.  20
Envy feeds on the living, it ceases when they are dead.  Ovid.  21
Envy follows good fortune.  German.  22
Envy goes beyond avarice.  French.  23
Envy has made no man rich.  German.  24
Envy is a kind of praise.  Gay.  25
Envy is an awkward homage that inferiority pays to merit.  La Motte.  26
Envy is blind and is only clever in depreciating the virtues of others.  Livy.  27
Envy is its own torture.  Danish.  28
Envy is productive of hatred, and pity borders on contempt.  Gibbon.  29
Envy is the mean man’s gratitude.  Bulwer.  30
Envy is the sorrow of fools.  German.  31
Envy is the worst disease.  German.  32
Envy like fire soars upward.  Livy.  33
Envy makes sorrow.  German.  34
Envy which turns pale,
And sickens even if a friend prevail.  Churchill.
  35
Envy never has a holiday.  Latin.  36
Envy never yet enriched any man.  37
Envy no man.  38
Envy not the store
Of the greatest man that grinds the poor.  Dryden.
  39
Envy sets the stronger seal on desert.  Ben Jonson.  40
Envy shoots at others and wounds herself.  41
Envy—the dyspepsia of the mind.  Punch.  42
Envy was never a good spokesman.  43
Envy will be a science when it learns the use of the microscope.  Bulwer.  44
He who envies, suffers.  German.  45
He who envies us admits his inferiority.  Latin.  46
If envy were a fever all the world would be ill.  Danish.  47
Many owe their fortunes to their enviers.  48
No one lives who does not envy.  German.  49
Nothing can allay the rage of biting envy.  50
 
 
Nothing sharpens sight like envy.  51
The envious hurts others something, but himself more.  52
The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbors.  Horace.  53
The envious man’s face grows sharp and his eyes big.  Spanish, Portuguese.  54
The envious man, who sends away his mutton because the person next him is eating venison.  Punch.  55
The envious die, but envy never.  French.  56
The fortunate or the brave can afford to laugh at envy.  Publius Syrus.  57
The greatest mischief you can do to the envious is to do well.  58
The over envious are not over wise.  Massinger.  59
The Sicilian tyrants never devised a greater punishment than envy.  Juvenal.  60
The smoke (envy) follows the fairest.  61
There are some who see ill and would like to see worse.  Italian.  62
Those that are advanced by degrees are less envied than those that are advanced suddenly.  Bacon.  63
Those who raise envy will easily incur censure.  Dr. Johnson.  64
Two things ought to be the object of our fear, the envy of our friends and the hatred of our enemies.  Bias.  65
When fortune’s chariot rolls easily, envy and shame cling to the wheels.  Danish.  66
With fame in just proportion envy grows,
The man that makes a character makes foes.  Young.
  67
 
 
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