One of the best-known proverbs is this: “In trees without fruit no stones are thrown.” Envy, like winds, lashes the highest peaks. It is an attestation of inferiority at the service of the superiority of the envied. Envy is the art of counting the benefits others receive rather than counting ours. An envious person causes more misfortune than a miserable person; it always reflects the inferiority complex of those who harbor it. As the moth gnaws the garments, so does the envy annihilate the human being.
Envy is not exempt from a kind of greed, and often these two passions mingle.