But leaving these curiosities (though not unworthy to be thought on, in fit place), we will handle, what persons are apt to envy others; what persons are most subject to be envied themselves; and what is the difference between public and private envy.
A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others. For men鈥檚 minds, will either feed upon their own good, or upon others鈥?evil; and who wanteth the one, will prey upon the other; and whoso is out of hope, to attain to another鈥檚 virtue, will seek to come at even hand, by depressing another鈥檚 fortune.
A man that is busy, and inquisitive, is commonly envious. For to know much of other men鈥檚 matters, cannot be because all that ado may concern his own estate; therefore it must needs be, that he taketh a kind of play鈥損leasure, in looking upon the fortunes of others. Neither can he, that mindeth but his own business, find much matter for envy. For envy is a gadding passion, and walketh the streets, and doth not keep home: Non est curiosus, quin idem sit malevolus.