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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Envy
 
  As rust corrupts iron, so envy corrupts man.
            —Antisthenes
  1
  Envy, like merit, doth its shade pursue.
            —Antisthenes
  2
  Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  3
  Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.
            —Francis Beaumont
  4
  A rustinesse consumeth iron: So envie consumeth the envious man.
            —Anthonie Fletcher (Certain Very Proper and Profitable Similes, 1595)
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  As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
            —Saint Chrysostom
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  Envy, like a cold prison, benumbs and stupefies; and, conscious of its own impatience, folds its arms in despair.
            —Jeremy Collier
  7
  Pity and envy, like oil and vinegar, assimilate not.
            —C. C. Colton
  8
  Envy excels in exciting jealousy, as a rat draws the crocodile from its hole.
            —Victor Hugo
  9
  Envy, like a flame soars upward.
            —Lyvy
  10
  Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.
            —J. Petit-Senn
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