The unenvious heart is to be valued
No less than virtuous conduct itself.
Among the profuse precious things a man may acquire,
None surpasses a nature free from envy toward all.
He who is jealous instead of joyous of another's wealth
Does not desire, they say, wealth and virtue of his own.
Envy will never cause one to commit wrongful deeds
Who rightly fathoms the disgrace which follows.
A man's own envy is foe enough to forge his ruin,
Even though he has no other enemies.
He who begrudges another's bounty
Will behold the death of his naked and starving kindred.
Fortune's Goddess, intolerant of men who cannot tolerate other's success,
Introduces them to her sister Misfortune and goes away.
The wicked one called envy consumes this world's wealth
Then consigns men to those worlds of hellish fire.
It is worth pondering that good men may be poor
While the envious in heart prosper.
There are no envious men who have risen to prosperity.
There are no men free from envy who have fallen from it.
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