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themselves. Also if we are exceptionally distinguished for some particular thing, and
especially if that thing is wisdom or good fortune. Ambitious men are more envious than
those who are not. So also those who profess wisdom; they are ambitious to be thought wise.
Indeed, generally, those who aim at a reputation for anything are envious on this particular
point. And small- minded men are envious, for everything seems great to them. The good
things which excite envy have already been mentioned. The deeds or possessions which
arouse the love of reputation and honour and the desire for fame, and the various gifts of
fortune, are almost all subject to envy; and particularly if we desire the thing ourselves, or
think we are entitled to it, or if having it puts us a little above others, or not having it a little
below them. It is clear also what kind of people we envy; that was included in what has been
said already: we envy those who are near us in time, place, age, or reputation. Hence...
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