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Schadenfreude

  • The happiness of others is never bearable for very long ...

  • People respect unhappiness and find it especially hard to forgive success.

  • In sad truth, half our forebodings of our neighbors are but our own wishes, which we are ashamed to utter in any other form.

    • L.E. Landon,
    • "The Enchantress," The Book of Beauty ()
  • To hear that your neighbor was worse off than yourself was not an altogether unpleasant experience.

  • Do we want laurels for ourselves most, / Or most that no one else shall have any?

    • Amy Lowell,
    • "La Ronde du Diable," What's O'Clock ()
  • The trials and tribulations of the great are often the support and stimulus of the weak.

  • There are some things too dreadful to be revealed, and it is even more dreadful how, in spite of our better instincts, we long to know about them.