Robert Bulwer-Lytton, who set the stage on a dark and stormy night, epitomizes a human curse. He has succumbed to the human desire for, and its memory of, the negative. He will ever be associated for his purple prose of "It was a dark and stormy night."
However, he had an astute mind and wrote more memorable lines than the one which curses him. He was a keen observer and knew the ways of humankind. He would probably understand and accept the injustice done to him, and no doubt have something wise to say about it.
If we need to lower others because of our envy of their accomplishments, I do not know. But - fair warning given - don't accept that prize or award with spinach between your teeth. That will be the photo plastered forever on the Internet.
By the way, the following are other quotes by Robert Bulwer-Lytton.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
There is nothing certain in a man's life but that he must lose it.
What mankind wants is not talent: it is purpose.
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.
Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read.