C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Emulation adds its spur.


Rivalry and envy are Siamese twins.

H. W. Shaw.

Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere.


Women always find their bitterest foes among their own sex.

J. Petit-Senn.

Women see faults much more readily in each other than they can discover perfections.


Women do not disapprove their rivals; they hate them.

James Parton.

If there’s delight in love, ’tis when I see the heart which others bleed for bleed for me.


Emulation is not rivalry. Emulation is the child of ambition; rivalry is the unlovable daughter of envy.


If one must be rejected, one succeed, make him my lord within whose faithful breast is fixed my image, and who loves me best.


It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.


It is impossible for authors to discover beauties in one another’s works: they have eyes only for spots and blemishes.


It is a fact capable of amiable interpretation that ladies are not the worst disposed towards a new acquaintance of their own sex, because she has points of inferiority.

George Eliot.

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent towards their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.


It may be laid down as a general rule that no woman who hath any great pretensions to admiration is ever well pleased in a company where she perceives herself to fill only a second place.


Women of the world never use harsh expressions when condemning their rivals. Like the savage they hurl elegant arrows, ornamented with feathers of purple and azure, but with poisoned points.

De Finod.