Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on August 10, 2014

in Inequality, Politics

… is from page 57 the 19th-century German economist Wilhelm Roscher’s 1895 volume, Geistliche Gedanken eines Nationalokonomen, as quoted in translation by Helmut Schoeck, on page 234 of the 1987 Liberty Fund edition of Schoeck’s 1966 study, Envy:

Whereas most other sins at least begin by being pleasurable, the feeling of envy is miserable from the outset.  Yet envy, is these democratic days, is particularly prevalent.  How many of those moods which we supposed to be a sense of justice are infected at their very base by envious impulses.

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