‘ve always enjoyed using Paul Eldridge’s Maxims For A Modern Man. They are witty and full of acerbic bite. They are a gentler form of cynicism than those of the old misanthrope, Ambrose Bierce ( Devil’s Dictionary ). Here’s a few of Eldridge’s on envy: What we have not poisons what we have. Our urge to acquire things is due less to the passion to possess them than to the vanity of feeling superior to those who envy our possession of them. Envy transmutes other people’s base metals into gold. Our envy is the yeast that swells the fortune of others. No form of hatred is as keen as envy. It magnifies the importance of our enemy — and belittles our own. Genesis 37:4,11
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