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olla erittäin hyvä, erottua, olla parempi
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- La Rochefoucauld, the French philosopher, said: "If you want enemies, excel your friends; but if you want friends, let your friends excel you." Why is that true? Because when our friends excel us, that gives them a feeling of importance; but when we excel them, that gives them a feeling of inferiority and arouses envy and jealousy.
To be much better than others.
1924: (w), ''Metaphysics''. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Book 1, Part 2..
- If, then, there is something in what the poets say, and jealousy is natural to the divine power, it would probably occur in this case above all, and all who excelled in this knowledge would be unfortunate.
To exceed, to go beyond
1674, (w), ''(w)'', Lost (1674)/Book II|book II
- She opened; but to shut / Excelled her power: the gates wide open stood (..)
XIX century, reason, Earth is short —|I reason, Earth is short, by Emily Dickinson
- I reason, we could die : / The best vitality / Cannot excel decay; / But what of that?