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Quotes / Driven by Envy

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Lt. Stillman: So, Andi's a phenom, Grace is a grinder.
Jeffries: And they hate each other.
Scotty: Like Mozart and... that other guy.
Cold Case, referencing the above

You want to hear "insane?" "Nathan Drake raced a madman and his entire army to the steps of Shambhala." "Nathan Drake found a lost city in the middle of the Rub al'Khali desert." "Nathan Drake discovered the fabled El Dorado!" "Nathan Drake is a legend!" (Evil Laugh) You know, I shot the man who told me that.

...simply moderate giftedness has been made worthless by the printing press and radio and television and satellites and all that. A moderately gifted person who would have been a community treasure a thousand years ago has to give up, has to go into some other line of work, since modern communications put him or her into daily competition with nothing but world's champions.... A moderately gifted person has to keep his or her gifts all bottled up until, in a manner of speaking, he or she gets drunk at a wedding and tap-dances on the coffee table like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers. We have a name for him or her. We call him or her an "exhibitionist." How do we reward such an exhibitionist? We say to him or her the next morning, "Wow! Were you ever drunk last night!"
Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard

When some men fail to accomplish what they desire to do they exclaim angrily, "May the whole world perish!" This repulsive emotion is the pinnacle of envy, whose implication is "If I cannot have something, no one can have anything, no one is to be anything!"


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