"Everything is destroyed by its own particular vice:
the destructive power resides within.
Rust destroys iron, moths destroy clothes,
the worm eats away the wood;
but greatest of all evils is envy,
impious habitant of corrupt souls,
which ever was, is, and shall be a consuming disease."
by:
Menander
(342 BC-292 BC)
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I don't know that envy is the greatest or all evils but it has caused the second plank of the communist manifesto to infect the U.S. (contrary to the only guarantee given in the constitution) along with many other diseased regulations and tyrannous acts.
 -- Mike, Norwalk
 
Excellent! I think the next would be cancer which destroys its host - likewise with despots, theocracies, and imperial and fascist governments.
 -- Robert, Sarasota
 
Nicely put.
 -- me again
 
I am reminded of a certain inhabitant of a certain DC suburb.....
 -- Bob, Eugene OR
 
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI 
Indeed.
 -- E Archer, NYC
 
The sentiment generally is right enough, but envy is not eternal.
 -- David L. Rosenthal
 
Considering how many murders, thefts, robberies, and wars have at the root cause envy, I'd say this is a quite accurate quote. The love of money is the root of all evil (especially love of someone elses money).
 -- Ken, Allyn, WA
 
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US 
 -- Kimo, H.N. 
Bull... sh*******t. There's no power inside iron to destroy itself. Rust forms on iron from the outside, by bacteria and oxidation. A moth eating cloth is not cloth destructing itself, it's a moth eating it. Same with worms and wood. Envy is not the greatest of all evils. The financial dominant is the greatest of all evils. The man probably lived 15,000 years or so abusing regenerative medicine to restore his youth and thus extend his life. To do this, he has had to murder every challenger to his authority there ever was. He is, bar none, the most murderous man of all time. Just in the last century he's killed murdered some hundred millions by warfare, not accounting for his biological warfare, nor accounting for the enforced famine he has used to murder masses of children. Easily the financial dominant is the most evil thing on Earth.
 -- DanielVincentKelleyOnYoutube, Newport Vermont
 
Dig more deeply. Money is just a number. Why do people amass it? For security--because we are fearful and insecure. The only antidote is to embrace the inevitability of one's own death.
 -- Byron, Fort Collins
 
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. ~ Winston Churchill
 -- J Carlton, Calgary
 
Yes, Churchill was right about Socialism and the equal sharing of misery, except for the 3% of the people who run the show and live in luxury.
 -- jim k, Austin,Tx
 
 
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