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Envy Quotes by Mata Amritanandamayi, George Payne Rainsford James, Elizabeth Montagu, Marilyn Monroe, Edward Abbey, Charlotte Charke and many others.

There are thousands ready to die for their religion, but only are few willing to live by its principles. Because of their narrow vision and envy, they have missed the true essence and message of religion which is love and compassion.
Mata Amritanandamayi
I envy them, those monks of old; Their books they read, and their beads they told.
George Payne Rainsford James
it is more to my personal happiness and advantage to indulge the love and admiration of excellence, than to cherish a secret envy of it.
Elizabeth Montagu
It stirs up envy, fame does. People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you – and it won’t hurt your feelings – like it’s happening to your clothing.
Marilyn Monroe
Let us praise the noble turkey vulture: No one envies him; he harms nobody; and he contemplates our little world from a most serene and noble height.
Edward Abbey
The least glimmering or shade of acting, in man or woman, is a sure motive of envy in the rest; and, if their malice can’t persuade the town’s-people into a dislike of their performance, they’ll cruelly endeavor to taint their characters.
Charlotte Charke
Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else’s happiness or success
Matthieu Ricard
No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.
Of all hostile feelings, envy is perhaps the hardest to be subdued, because hardly any one owns it even to himself, but looks out for one pretext after another to justify his hostility.
Richard Whately
OBLIVION, n. Cold storage for high hopes. A place where ambitious authors meet their works without pride and their betters without envy. A dormitory without an alarm clock.
Ambrose Bierce
Work hard to discover your gift and you will never envy or hate another human being who is manifesting theirs.
Louis Farrakhan
I envy no man that knows more than myself, but pity them that know less.
Thomas Browne
Patience strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride, bridles the tongue, restrains the hand and tramples upon temptations.
George Horne
Greatness is always envied – it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.
Marie Corelli
Envy’s a sharper spur than pay.
John Gay
Fiercely guard the passions burning inside your heart, so that their flames can safely reach the highest ceilings of success without the eyes of envy.
Suzy Kassem
Do not envy others. If someone gets a larger piece of cake, be happy for them. They’ll get fat and you’ll stay thin.
Frederick Lenz
Envy is destroyed by true friendship, as coquetry by true love.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Nothing gives small minds a better handle for hatred than superiority.
Marie Corelli
By common consent, gray hairs are a crown of glory: the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
George Bancroft
Anger, resentment, envy, and self-pity are wasteful reactions. They greatly drain one’s time. They sap energy better devoted to productive endeavors.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Envy, like a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form.
Norm MacDonald
There are as many mediocrities exalted through pity as masters decried through envy.
Honore de Balzac
My New Year’s Eve Toast: to all the devils, lusts, passions, greeds, envies, loves, hates, strange desires, enemies ghostly and real, the army of memories, with which I do battle — may they never give me peace. (New Year’s Eve, 1947)
Patricia Highsmith
Knowledge forbidden? Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord Envy them that? Can it be a sin to know? Can it be death?
John Milton
After Voltaire: envy is chained to the portico of the temple of glory and can neither enter nor leave.
Mason Cooley
The gifts given to us by God must not be relinquished to those who speak ill of them and who are moved by envy or ignorance.
Filippo Brunelleschi
We ought to be guarded against every appearance of envy, as a passion that always implies inferiority wherever it resides.
Pliny the Elder
Sometimes we owe a friend to the lucky circumstance that we give him no cause for envy.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Jealousy is the suspicion of one’s own inferiority.
Emily Post
The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.
Rabindranath Tagore
There is a proper measure in all things, certain limits beyond which and short of which right is not to be found. Who so cultivates the golden mean avoids the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.
Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy.
Vittorio De Sica
The envy of excellence leads to perdition; the love of it leads to the light.
George Gilder
Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases.
Robert Kraft
I think about some of the novels I love – The Stranger, Disgrace, Quicksand and Passing, Giovanni’s Room, The Talented Mr. Ripley. I think I’m more intrigued by characters who don’t do the right thing and where we are allowed to identify with their shame/dishonesty/envy… whatever.
Danzy Senna
If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.
Charley Reese
I am unable to eat what I want to and always work hard to maintain my body and looks. I envy other women who have a free lifestyle.
When malice is joined to envy, there is given forth poisonous and feculent matter, as ink from the cuttle-fish.
I envy thee not thy faith, which is ever in thy mouth but never in thy heart nor in thy practice
Walter Scott
He in whose mind is no anger, hatred, or envy, who never loses his balance, dies, or is born, who is he but God?
Swami Vivekananda
The avenues in my neighborhood are Pride, Covetousness and Lust; the cross streets are Anger, Gluttony, Envy and Sloth. I live over on Sloth, and the style on our street is to avoid the other thoroughfares.
John Chancellor
Everybody knows someone like that: wonderful, attractive people full of passion and ideals. You envy them, but you know there’s a dark side, which is brutal and cruel and violent. That dark side informs what’s wonderful about them, and the passion and rage inform the darkness; they’re inseparable.
David Thewlis
Eventually economic growth reaches the point at which the accumulation of wealth in the families of achievers becomes so significant that the hatred and envy of success become stronger than the desire for continued economic growth, and a period dominated by resentment begins.
Robert Sheaffer
Diffidence may check resolution and obstruct performance, but compensates its embarrassments by more important advantages; it conciliates the proud, and softens the severe; averts envy from excellence, and censure from miscarriage.
Samuel Johnson
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Winston Churchill
Nowadays you envy a manic-depressive. Half the time he’s happy, the other half he’s right.
Robert Breault
We envy those whose possessions or achievements are a reflection on our own. They are our neighbors and equals. It is they, above all who make plain the nature of our failure.
Helmut Schoeck
A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts the lover afore words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first-born baby, and assures him of a mother’s love.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
A pathetic shadow, torn between her envy and thrill of being seen with Masomma, sharing in the attention as a weed would, lapping up water meant for the lily upstream.
Khaled Hosseini
What good is envy? It’s the one sin you can’t have any fun at.
Charlie Munger
The only time I’ve ever really felt envy is when I’ve watched people make music, which made my time living in the now-legendary Jazz Loft at 821 Sixth Avenue in New York a constant source of agony and ecstasy!
Harold Feinstein
Envy’s a coal comes hissing hot from Hell.
Philip James Bailey
Quebecers are happy in Canada. We are benefiting economically and fiscally from belonging to Canada. We’re proud of being Canadian. It’s a great country. Everybody on Earth envies our Canadian citizenship.
Philippe Couillard
Beware of feedback from friends whose judgments could be tainted by feelings of envy or the need to flatter.
Curtis Jackson
Where envy reigns virtue can’t exist, and generosity doesn’t go with meanness.
Miguel de Cervantes
Christianity provided man for the first time with supernatural beings who, he knew, could neither envy nor ridicule him.
Helmut Schoeck
Knowledge forbidden? Suspicious, reasonless. Why should their Lord Envy them that? Can it be sin to know, Can it be death? And do they only stand By ignorance? Is that their happy state, The proof of their obedience and their faith? O fair foundation laid whereon to build Their ruin!
John Milton
I envy the people who say, ‘oh, well, I’ve got my name in the golden book and I’m going to be entered into the pearly gates.’
William Shatner
I envy those Hindus and Buddhists who have in their religion philosophy and ancestor worship which build in the believer a continuity with the past, and that most important ingredient in the building of a nation – memory.
F. Sionil Jose
Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.
O thou who art able to write a book which once in the two centuries or oftener there is a man gifted to do, envy not him whom they name city-builder, and inexpressibly pity him whom they name conqueror or city-burner.
Thomas Carlyle
Posterity will do justice to that unprincipled maniac Gladstone – extraordinary mixture of envy, vindictiveness, hypocrisy and superstition; and with one commanding characteristic – whether Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition, whether preaching, praying, speechifying or scribbling – never a gentleman.
Benjamin Disraeli
To worry about differences in earned incomes simply because some persons earn more than other persons is to wallow in envy. And envy is, and ought to remain, a deadly sin rather than be fashioned into a livewire for energizing public policy.
Donald J. Boudreaux
If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things that they possess, there would not be much envy in the world.
Edward Young
When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
In Quebec, our goal isn’t to reduce daycare service – a program the entire world envies – but to make it viable so tomorrow’s families can keep benefiting from it.
Philippe Couillard
As an amateur, you may envy the professional, wishing you could combine business with pleasure into a kind of full-time hobby, using professional equipment and facilities. However, the professional knows that much of the hidden advantage of being amateur is the freedom you have to shoot what and when you like.
Michael Langford
The survivors (of a nuclear war) would envy the dead.
Nikita Khrushchev
An Oscar clears the deck of envy and resentment. You think, ‘Well, I’ve got that. I can relax now.’
Jim Broadbent
I do occasionally envy the person who is religious naturally, without being brainwashed into it or suckered into it by all the organized hustles.
Woody Allen
To take the measure of oneself by reference to one’s colleagues leads to envy or complacency rather than constructive self-examination.
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
The heavier crop is ever in others’ fields.
The history of American higher education over the twentieth century is an extraordinary one, the story of the creation of a powerhouse set of institutions that are the envy of the civilized world. Once they were the province, both among the student and faculty bodies, of children of privilege, generally WASPs.
Rick Perlstein
[Envy not for…] Whatever difference there may appear to be in men’s fortunes, there is still a certain compensation of good and ill in all, that makes them equal.
Pierre Charron
A note of caution: We can never achieve goals that envy sets for us. Looking at your friends and wishing you had what they had is a waste of precious energy. Because we are all unique, what makes another happy may do the opposite for you. That’s why advice is nice but often disappointing when heeded.
Marcus Buckingham
There is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners, yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
Edmund Burke
We are all here now and we have to solve our differences and live together as Australians… I will use the title you have honoured me with to bring the Australian people together… Together we can build a remarkable country, the envy of the rest of the world.
Lowitja O’Donoghue
I do not believe that any peacock envies another peacock his tail, because every peacock is persuaded that his own tail is the finest in the world. The consequence of this is that peacocks are peaceable birds.
John Ruskin
How I envy writers who can work on aeroplanes or in hotel rooms. On the run I can produce an article or a book review, or even a film script, but for fiction I must have my own desk, my own wall with my own postcards pinned to it, and my own window not to look out of.
John Banville
None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.
Francis Bacon
While many people overseas envy Korea’s development, it is true that society has many problems such as economic polarization and a low birthrate.
Chey Tae-won
I envy other writers who claim to have a backlog of books they’d like to write.
Erik Larson
Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums.
Samuel Johnson
All envy is proportionate to desire; we are uneasy at the attainments of another, according as we think our own happiness would be advanced by the addition of that which he withholds from us.
Samuel Johnson
Money matters but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. So are friends. Envy is toxic. So is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.
Eric Weiner
Envy always implies conscious inferiority wherever it resides.
Pliny the Elder
Envy, in fact, is one form of a vice, partly moral, partly intellectual, which consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations.
Bertrand Russell
A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
Samuel Johnson
Five great enemies of peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
Henry Fielding
Make an enemy of jealousy and envy. As fast and soon as you can…. The art world is high school with money.
Jerry Saltz
The race we are really in is the race against sin, and surely envy is one of the most universal of those.
Jeffrey R. Holland
Sometimes I wonder if there is something about my family which invites violence. ‘Is it envy,’ you ask? I don’t know… I’ve had so much, a son as president, two as senators, a son-in-law who’s an ambassador… perhaps God doesn’t permit that much.
Rose Kennedy
It needs a good deal of philosophy not to be mortified by the thought of persons who have voluntarily abandoned everything that for the most of us makes life worth living and are devoid of envy of what they have missed. I have never made up my mind whether they are fools or wise men.
W. Somerset Maugham
Jealousy is the fire of envy that seeks to destroy another’s beauty, rather than to create its own.
Wes Fesler
I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
Ben Hecht
Envy is the consuming desire to have everybody else as unsuccessful as you are.
Frederick Buechner
Large parties given to very young children… foster the passions of vanity and envy, and produce a love of dress and display which is very repulsive in the character of a child.
Susanna Moodie
When we think of cruelty, we must try to remember the stupidity, the envy, the frustration from which it has arisen.
Edith Sitwell
If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
William Faulkner
Let us not envy some men their accumulated riches; their burden would be too heavy for us; we could not sacrifice, as they do, health, quiet, honor and conscience, to obtain them: It is to pay so dear from them that the bargain is a loss.
Jean de la Bruyere
Gloucestershire police must be the envy of the human rights-abusing cop world. From Turkey to Indonesia they will say, ‘Kidnapping peace protestors! How did they get away with that one?’
Mark Thomas
If envy were the cause of terrorism, Beverly Hills [and] Fifth Avenue … would have become targets long ago.
Fareed Zakaria
He continues to give more than 100 per cent and his schoolboy-like enthusiasm for the game is something I envy and admire. For the team he is the best available coaching manual.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours.
It’s an odd feeling-farewell-there is some envy in it. Men go off to be tested for courage and if we’re tested at all, it’s for patience, for doing without, for how well we can endure loneliness.
Isak Dinesen
People always ask me: How are you? I say I’m the envy of millions. I’ve been a lucky guy.
Dennis DeYoung
Need drives men to envy as fullness drives them to selfishness.
Agnes Repplier
Being married to those sleepy-souled women is just like playing at cards for nothing: no passion is excited and the time is filled up. I do not, however, envy a fellow one of those honeysuckle wives for my part, as they are but creepers at best and commonly destroy the tree they so tenderly cling about.
Samuel Johnson
Envy is a kind of praise.
John Gay
We ask ourselves and each of us may wonder: Does the Lord feel truly at home in my life? Do we allow him to do a ‘cleansing’ in our hearts and to drive out the idols, those attitudes of greed, jealousy, worldliness, envy and hatred, that habit of gossiping and tearing down others?
Pope Francis
Purge thy heart from malice and, innocent of envy, enter the divine court of holiness.
Nobody is glad in the gladness of another, and our system is one of war, of an injurious superiority. Every child of the Saxon race is educated to wish to be first. It is our system; and a man comes to measure his greatness by the regrets, envies, and hatreds of his competitors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Family is so central to Afghan life that all Afghan stories are family stories. Family is something I simply can’t resist because all the great themes of human life – duty, grief, sacrifice, love, envy – you find all those things within families.
Khaled Hosseini
Social justice rests on the hate towards those that enjoy a comfortable position, namely, upon envy.
Friedrich August von Hayek
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Charles Churchill
I know the hatred and envy of your hearts. Ye are not great enough not to know of hatred and envy. Then be great enough not to be ashamed of them!
Friedrich Nietzsche
There isn’t a king or a merchant prince in the whole world that I envy, for I always knew I was born to be a child of destiny and that I was never meant to wring my living from detestable, low, degrading, mean and ordinary kinds of business.
John Cheever
Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.
Francis Bacon
My tattoo is of a cannon in Vancouver that I got in a fleeting moment of stupidity maybe 14 years ago. A lot of people have really beautiful tattoos, and I get real tattoo envy. But then other people basically just treat them like bumper stickers for their bodies.
Ryan Reynolds
Envy is the coward side of Hate, And all her ways are bleak and desolate.
Charles Caleb Colton
Great power which incites great envy, hurls some men to destruction; they are drowned in a long splendid stream of honors.
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?
Bantu Holomisa
More important than anything else is for Americans to wise up to class warfare demagoguery and reject the politics of envy.
Walter E. Williams
Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another’s prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.
Charles Caleb Colton
There are only two great currents in the history of mankind: the baseness which makes conservatives and the envy which makes revolutionaries.
Edmond de Goncourt
The artist envies what the arties gains, The bard the rival bard’s successful strains.
When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Envy and greed starve on a steady diet of thanksgiving.
Billy Graham
The first thing the male establishment wants to control is uterus and birth. You might call it womb envy. But even worse is the fact we are still using the male model of sexual response for women.
Betty Dodson
Envy is an insult to oneself.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
… the introduction of the doctrine of polygamy was the first time in my life that I desired the grave, and I could hardly get over it for a long time. And when I saw a funeral, I felt to envy the corpse its situation.
Brigham Young
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
Havelock Ellis
It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason, although we know how it must turn out at last.
Charles Sanders Peirce
Frontrunners always attract envy, and a desperate campaign to stop them in their tracks.
Kwasi Kwarteng
Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire.
Susan Cain
Jealousy is the greatest of all evils, and the one that arouses the least pity in the person who causes it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
Theodore Roosevelt
I’m tired of liberals dividing this country up into little groups, setting them upon each other, breeding spite and envy, and then having the nerve to accuse conservatives of hatred.
Allen West
I never engaged in public affairs for my own interest, pleasure, envy, jealousy, avarice or ambition, or even the desire of fame
John Adams
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill
He was a mystery to her, and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little more pain. But when she tired to give him up he pursued her in her thoughts, stronger each time.
Anna Godbersen
God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality.
Jacques Rig
People who make the choice to study, work hard or do whatever they endeavor is to give it the max on themselves to reach to the top level. And you have the people who get envy and jealous, yet are not willing to put that work in, and they want to get the same praise.
Evander Holyfield
Blessed loves! how happy they have made us on the earth; what will they be when they have deepened through ages, with no alloy of envy or suspicion or selfishness or sorrow?
Randolph Sinks Foster
Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.
J. K. Rowling
Death opens the gate of fame, and shuts the gate of envy after it; it unlooses the chain of the captive, and puts the bondsman’s task into another man’s hand.
Laurence Sterne
Envy wounds with false accusations, that is with detraction, a thing which scares virtue.
Leonardo da Vinci
When Democrats aren’t being fiscally reckless, they are economically irresponsible. Democrats bemoan corporate greed and have not a positive word to say about the entrepreneurs that have made our economy the envy of the world.
Max Boot
Taste of metal on my tongue. Poison the color of envy- I’m delirious, you’re delicious, I’m deluded and delusional. I’m lost without you. I need you.
Cecily von Ziegesar
When I was the NIH director, I often expressed envy of institute directors: they had the money and ran the scientific programmes.
Harold E. Varmus
Envy is a horrible thing. It is unlike all other kinds of suffering in that there is no disguising it, no elevating it into tragedy. It is more than merely painful, it is disgusting.
George Orwell
Competition between women is good only if it does not prevail; that is to say if it coexists with affinity, affection, with a real sense of being mutually indispensable, with sudden peaks of solidarity in spite of envy, jealousy and the whole inevitable cohort of bad feelings.
Elena Ferrante
The only thing I envy about a cat is its purr,” remarked Dr. Blythe once, listening to Doc’s resonant melody. “It is the most contented sound in the world.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Very few live by choice. Every man is placed in his present condition by causes which acted without his foresight, and with which he did not always willingly cooperate; and therefore you will rarely meet one who does not think the lot of his neighbor better than his own.
Samuel Johnson
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
Jim Rohn
What was beauty unless you intended to use it, like a hammer, or a key? It was just something for other people to use and admire, or envy, despise. To nail their dreams onto like a picture hanger on a blank wall. And so many girls saying, use me, dream me.
Janet Fitch
Infants, I note with envy, are receptive to enjoyment in a degree not attained by adults this side of the new Jerusalem.
Margaret Halsey
If you have a strong ego [and] something good happens to an acquaintance of yours, [it] makes you feel bad. It’s called envy. … The ego thinks something has been taken away from you because somebody else has received something good. It’s a complete illusion, but that’s the madness of the ego.
Eckhart Tolle
I actually envy actors who have a persona: ‘This is the way I am. This is the part I play.’ And do it over and over and over. To me, that’s a lot easier than trying to reinvent yourself every six months.
John C. Reilly
The antidote to envy is one’s own work. Always one’s own work. Not the thinking about it. Not the assessing of it. But the doing of it. The answers you want can come only from the work itself.
Bonnie Friedman
My brother, are war and battle evil? Necessary, however, is the evil; necessary are the envy and the distrust and the back-biting among the virtues.
Friedrich Nietzsche
One of the reasons I write about religion is due to my own envy of people who truly feel the presence of god in their lives, good souls who believe devoutly in a supreme being and an afterlife.
Donald Ray Pollock
And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not.
William Shakespeare
Envy has been, is, and shall be, the destruction of many. What is there, that Envy hath not defamed, or Malice left undefiled? Truly, no good thing.
A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.
Xun Kuang
Moderation is a fear of falling into that envy and contempt which those who grow giddy with their good fortune quite justly draw upon themselves. It is a vain boasting of the greatness of our mind.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
She was thirty-nine. No, she did not envy her eighteen-year- old self at all. But she did envy, envied every day more bitterly, that young girl’s genuine independence, largeness, scope, and courage.
Doris Lessing
I am a true laborer: I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man’s happiness, glad of other men’s good, content with my harm.
William Shakespeare
I don’t envy men and I certainly wouldn’t like to become one now.
Louise Brown
Envy is like a fly that passes all the body’s sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.
Arthur Chapman
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
Cesare Pavese
I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.
Oscar Levant
The will to power, as the modern age from Hobbes to Nietzsche understood it, far from being a characteristic of the strong, is, like envy and greed, among the vices of the weak, and possibly even their most dangerous one. Power corrupts indeed when the weak band together in order to ruin the strong, but not before.
Hannah Arendt
If we are the younger, we may envy the older. If we are the older, we may feel that the younger is always being indulged. In otherwords, no matter what position we hold in family order of birth, we can prove beyond a doubt that we’re being gypped.
Judith Viorst
Of all the disorders in the soul, envy is the only one no one confesses to.
Philosophers see no harm in the Jesuits other than in their effect on humanity and the sciences. The vulgar and especially the prejudiced only hate them from an envy and jealousy born out of conspiracy and intrigue at an organisation which overshadows them.
Cesare Beccaria
Ethiopia did not have the same problem [of corruption]. African leaders looked at us with envy.
Mengistu Haile Mariam
A wicked mortal is not the idea of God. He is little else than the expression of error. To suppose that sin, lust, hatred, envy, hypocrisy, revenge, have life abiding in them, is a terrible mistake. Life and Life’s idea, Truth and Truth’s idea, never make men sick, sinful, or mortal.
Mary Baker Eddy
Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
Eleanor Roosevelt
And surely, he that hath taken the true Altitude of Things, and rightly calculated the degenerate state of this Age, is not like to envy those that shall live in the next, much less three or four hundred Years hence, when no Man can comfortably imagine what Face this World will carry.
Thomas Browne
The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy.
P. T. Barnum
Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner.
Austin O’Malley
Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.
George Bernard Shaw
As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
The idea of caring is that someone is making money faster [than you are] is one of the deadly sins. Envy is a really stupid sin because it’s the only one you could never possibly have any fun at. There’s a lot of pain and no fun. Why would you want to get on that trolley?
Charlie Munger
I’ll tell you a secret. Something they don’t teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
David Benioff
People can commend the weather without envy.
William Shenstone
There’s all kinds of envy out there on the Left.
Ed Schultz
Love that is fed by jealousy dies hard.
Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
Henry Fielding
I have friends who write all the time, and I envy them terribly.
Michael McDonald
We have a dysfunctional dream of the planet, and humans are mentally sick with a disease called fear. The symptoms of the disease are all the emotions that make humans suffer: anger, hate, sadness, envy, and betrayal. When the fear is too great, the reasoning mind begins to fail, and we call this mental illness.
Miguel Angel Ruiz
What is the use of acquiring one’s heart’s desire if one cannot handle and gloat over it, show it to one’s friends, and gather an anthology of envy and admiration?
Dorothy L. Sayers
To sit and contemplate – to remember the faces of women without desire, to be pleased by the great deeds of men without envy, to be everything and everywhere in sympathy and yet content to remain where and what you are.
Virginia Woolf
If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher.
Debbie Macomber
Some men get the world, some men get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. You’re in with the former, but my God I don’t envy the blood on your conscience.
James Ellroy
Mum and I have always been close. Her adoptive parents died when she was 18, and she doesn’t have any other kids, so I’m her only family. She lives life to the full, and I envy her vitality. She has pink hair and is a younger spirit than me.
Jacob Anderson
Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him
Richard Steele
Don’t envy the harvest of the rich. Envy their planting.
Bo Sanchez
I never envy the guys who get attention for partying too much or behaving badly.
Thomas Gibson
He who ascends to mountaintops, shall find The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds and snow; He who surpasses or subdues mankind Must look down on the hate of those below
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Closeness can lead to emotions other than love. It’s the ones who have been too intimate with you, lived in too close quarters, seen too much of your pain or envy or, perhaps more than anything, your shame, who, at the crucial moment, can be too easy to cut out, to exile, to expel, to kill off.
Daniel Mendelsohn
The envious will die, but envy never.
[Fr., Les envieux mourront, mais non jamais l’envie.]
Communism is evil. Its driving forces are the deadly sins of envy and hatred.
Peter Drucker
Our Constitution is the envy of the world, as it should be for it is the grand design of the finest nation on earth.
Thurgood Marshall
I think Julian Casablancas and Amy Winehouse are two contemporaries I envy.
Pete Doherty
In the race for wealth, a neighbor tries to outdo his neighbor, but this strife is good for men. For the potter envies potter, and the carpenter the carpenter, and the beggar rivals the beggar, and the singer the singer.
The truest mark of being born with great qualities is to be born without envy.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
W. Somerset Maugham
If you live on the level of the Body and the Individual, you will get entangled in food, fun and frolic, ease, envy and pride. Forget it, ignore it, overcome it – You will have peace, joy and calm. In the Divine Path, there is no chance of failure; it is the Path of Love.
Sathya Sai Baba
If thou takest virtue for the rule of life, and valuest thyself upon acting in all things comfortably thereto, thou wilt have no cause to envy lords and princes; for blood is inherited, but virtue is common property, and may be acquired by all; it has, moreover, an intrinsic worth, which blood has not.
Miguel de Cervantes
Not praising the deserving prevents envy.
I don’t really know what Americans are like. I’ve no idea. I know a few things about them. In my imagination, they have warm peachy hearts, whereas the English have horrible spiteful withered hearts – success in England inspires envy – in America, it inspires hope.
Sebastian Horsley
We see how much a man has, and therefore we envy him; did we see how little he enjoys, we should rather pity him.
Jeremiah Seed
That space the Evil One abstracted stood From his own evil, and for the time remained Stupidly good, of enmity disarmed, Of guile, of hate, of envy, of revenge .
John Milton
To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil – such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.
Maximus the Confessor
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
Erica Jong
You will find that women who are pregnant often don’t want to be and women who aren’t desperately envy those who are. Labour wards are always full of very punitive people.
Fay Weldon
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
Regina Brett
Envy is blind, and is only clever in depreciating the virtues of others.
Popularity disarms envy in well-disposed minds. Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others who feel that the world has done them justice. When success has not this effect in opening the mind, it is a sign that it has been ill deserved.
William Hazlitt
There is but one man who can believe himself free from envy; and it is he who has never examined his own heart.
Claude Adrien Helvetius
Envy nobody. It is the true secret of happiness, or at least the only one I know. (By Moonlight)
Peter S. Beagle
To our betters eve can reconcile ourselves, if you please–respecting them sincerely, laughing at their jokes, making allowance for their stupidities, meekly suffering their insolence; but we can’t pardon our equals going beyond us.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Had the crow only fed without cawing she would have had more to eat, and much less of strife and envy to contend with. [To noise abroad our success is to invite envy and competition.]
I do not envy any animal, though I envy many of their capacities.
Louis MacNeice
. . . Moon-Watcher felt the first faint twinges of a new and potent emotion. It was a vague and diffuse sense of envy–of dissatisfaction with his life. He had no idea of its cause, still less of its cure; but discontent had come into his soul, and he had taken one small step toward humanity.
Arthur C. Clarke
I envy Pete Sampras’s dullness. I wish I could emulate his spectacular lack of inspiration.
Andre Agassi
The wine-shops breed, in physical atmosphere of malaria and a moral pestilence of envy and vengeance, the men of crime and revolution.
Charles Dickens
O frost bitten blossoms, That are unfolding your wings From out the envious black branches. Bloom quickly and make much of the sunshine. The twigs conspire against you! Hear hem! They hold you from behind.
William Carlos Williams
For what is modesty but hypocritical humility, by means of which, in a world swelling with vile envy, a man seeks to beg pardon for his excellences and merits from those who have none? For
whoever attributes no merit to himself because he really has none is not modest, but merely honest.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Jealousy is in some measure just and reasonable, since it merely aims at keeping something that belongs to us or we think belongsto us, whereas envy is a frenzy that cannot bear anything that belongs to others.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Power is seldom innocent, and envy is the yokefellow of eminence.
Martin Farquhar Tupper
I think a lot of people in television news look at the cable networks with great envy.
Chris Wallace
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
Oprah Winfrey
School is indeed a training for later life not because it teaches the 3 Rs (more or less), but because it instills the essential cultural nightmare fear of failure, envy of success, and absurdity.
Jules Henry
I hate fishes, they all look so miserable.
3 seconds later they will forget.
And then I envy them.
Daul Kim
As a scholarly discipline, economics has always suffered from physics envy.
Robert Kuttner
Jealousy is beautiful only on a young and ardent face. After the first wrinkles, trust must return.
Alfred Capus
I am Envy…I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.
Christopher Marlowe
The modest man has everything to gain, and the arrogant man everything to lose; for modesty has always to deal with generosity, and arrogance with envy.
Antoine Rivarol
In a way, I envy the freedom artists have. Artists can push themselves beyond their limits, in pursuit of their ideas and their vision, even if they are inhabited by demons that can also play tricks on them.
Carine Roitfeld
As an observer, I react to the realities of Israeli life with both envy and relief. Nobody wants to live under the threat of constant attack from enemies right next door, under ceaseless and often unfair international scrutiny, defending his homeland by day and living with the memories of mass genocide at night.
Pete Hegseth
Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness?
Yevgeny Zamyatin
Emulation embalms the dead; envy, the vampire, blasts the living.
Henry Fuseli
I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, and fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural . . to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid.
Elbert Hubbard
America is a global leader on clean air progress and carbon dioxide reductions, and we are the envy of the world when it comes to clean water.
Andrew R. Wheeler
So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.
Ray Bradbury
Ambition is a gilded misery, a secret poison, a hidden plague, the engineer of deceit, the mother of hypocrisy, the parent of envy, the original of vices, the moth of holiness, the blinder of hearts, turning medicines into maladies, and remedies into diseases.
Thomas Brooks
Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
William J. Clinton
I don’t really understand what a dictator is, but on the other hand I sometimes, in a nice way, envy myself,” he said. “I am the last and only dictator in Europe and indeed there are none anywhere else in the world.
Alexander Lukashenko
On the one hand, people think they own kids; they feel that they have the right to tell the kids what to do. On the other hand, people envy kids. We’d like to be kids our whole lives. Kids get to do what they do. They live on their instincts.
David Duchovny
To walk behind others on a road you are traveling together, to give precedence to others without envy – this is painful for an individual and painful for a nation.
Gustav Stresemann
It is very seldom that a person loves anyone they cannot in some way envy.
Truman Capote
Touch was important. The evening of the Third of July we would go around the neighborhood and look at the fireworks others had bought, taking them out of the brown paper sack and handling them cautiously as if they were precious stones. There was envy when we saw sacks with more in them than we had.
Paul Engle
A lot of people live with no apparent means of support. I kind of envy the musicians up there. You’re down here, busting your ass in Hollywood, and it’s like Lily Tomlin’s joke about the rat race – all you prove in the end is that you’re a rat.
Kurt Voss
A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.
Hannah More
I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends.
James Boswell
A man who envies our family is a man who needs help.
Yeardley Smith
Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.
There is a vast difference between success at twenty-five and success at sixty. At sixty, nobody envies you. Instead, everybody rejoices generously, sincerely, in your good fortune.
Marie Dressler
Men are often so foolish as to boast and value themselves upon their passions, even those that are most vicious. But envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that no one every ever had the confidence to own it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
All envy would be extinguished, if it were universally known that there are none to be envied.
Samuel Johnson
The praise we give to new comers into the world arises from the envy we bear to those who are established.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I don’t envy or much respect people who are completely politicised.
Christopher Hitchens
I have a spasm of envy for the person that was killed by a falling bookcase, as long as it doesn’t happen prematurely.
Tom Stoppard
Under the influence of collectivist ideologies, many politicians and journalists are ever eager to strike at successful entrepreneurs who earn much more than they do. It is difficult to ascertain their motives; it can be simple envy which consumes many men, or it can be economic ignorance.
Hans F. Sennholz
The self-despisers are less intent on their own increase than on the diminution of others. Where self-esteem is unobtainable, envy takes the place of greed.
Eric Hoffer
In particular, it is absurd to hope to banish envy of other people’s possessions or fortunes, if only because the spirit of envy can lead to emulation and ambition and have positive consequences.
Christopher Hitchens
Envy is the bond between the hopeful and the damned
Roger Waters
Only fools live in the past or carry envy to the present.
Chi Chi Rodriguez
There is a natural limit to the success we wish our friends, even when we have spurred them on their way.
Agnes Repplier
Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe in the hereafter? Of course I do. I might add, perhaps even a touch of envy too, because of the solace.
Studs Terkel
If you stop for lunch elsewhere in the world, you tend to eat a sandwich, and a bad one. Italy is unique for the style of life. I think everyone envies it a bit.
Lapo Elkann
Do what you do because Jesus is watching, not so you’ll end up on some top 100 church list or be the envy of the next pastors gathering. That stuff doesn’t matter. Be innovative because you believe people matter and you want to please Jesus.
Tim Stevens
ENVY, n. Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity.
Ambrose Bierce
If you don’t know what Gamergate is, my God, do I envy you.
Brianna Wu
Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes, And pause a while from learning to be wise. There mark what ills the scholar’s life assail,- Toil, envy, want, the patron, and the jail.
Samuel Johnson
Especially when I’m heckled, that’s a sticky situation because I don’t defuse it… I really envy guys who have a grittier onstage presence and can really go after someone. I used to teach preschool.
Josh Gondelman
Our envy of others devours us most of all.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion.
John Berger
The truth is that cupidity, selfishness, envy, malice, lust, vindictiveness, are constant vices of human nature.
William Graham Sumner
A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.
Richard Steele
Envy is more irreconcilable than hate. It is the most corroding of all political vices and also a great power in our land. The friends of freedom are content to be envied, but envy not.
Hans F. Sennholz
I envy that man who passes through life safely, to the world and fame unknown.
It’s said that prayer can move mountains. Well, it’s certainly moved the hearts and minds of Americans in their times of trial and helped them to achieve a society that, for all its imperfections, is still the envy of the world and the last, best hope of mankind.
Ronald Reagan
I envy those writers who outline their novels, who know where they’re going. But I find writing is a process of discovery.
Jay McInerney
The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
Margaret Thatcher
Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded.
William Hazlitt
Never trust anyone who wants what you’ve got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.
Eubie Blake
Yeah, I think when you don’t make it to the playoffs and you’re watching those games, I think there’s envy in every game you watch.
Jason McCourty
Tis on the living Envy feeds. She silent grows
When, after death, man’s honor is his guard.
So I, when on the pyre consumed I lie,
Shall live, for all that’s noblest will survive.
I used to have a lot of envy for those musicians who have been universally loved.
Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.
Charles Bukowski
If the Angels could envy, they would envy us for Holy Communion.
Pope Pius X
Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.
Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.
Maya Angelou
Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man’s enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.
Jeremy Taylor
What I envy most about you and everyone else heading back to school is the certainty of it all. You’ve got a prescribed set of requirements to guide you through the next few years. Focus your energy on the completion of those assignments and you’ll succeed. Guaranteed. Where’s my syllabus to guide me through life?
Megan McCafferty
Envy is never general, but always very particular – at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
Joseph Epstein
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement,in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.
Jacques d’Amboise
Envy, though not the greatest sin, is the only one that gives the sinner no pleasure at all, not even fake and temporary satisfaction.
Peter Kreeft
If sensuality be our only happiness we ought to envy the brutes, for instinct is a surer, shorter, safer guide to such happiness than reason.
Charles Caleb Colton
As poets, our lamentations are glorious, filled with the virtues angles would learn to envy.
Masiela Lusha
When I was young they used to say people only threw stones at the tree that was loaded with fruit.
Rachel Field
The only thing more certain than the hatred of enemies is the envy of friends.
Evan Esar
There is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury…but envy can gain nothing but vexation.
Michel de Montaigne
I can see the greed and envy in your eyes.
Poets may boast (as safely-vain) Their work shall with the world remain: Both bound together, live, or die, The verses and the prophecy. But who can hope his lines shou’d long Last, in a daily changing tongue? While they are new, envy prevails, And as that dies, our language fails.
Edmund Waller
Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit.
I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.
Dustin Hoffman
Probably nothing in the experience of the rank and file of workers causes more bitterness and envy than the realization which comes sooner or later to many of them that they are “stuck” and can go no further.
Mary Barnett Gilson
Sexual activity, for women, has a history of vulnerability, in a way it simply does not have for men. The mother has to teach thishidden text to her daughter. The mother’s warnings, her attempts to halt sexual development in her daughter, are not so much signs of disapproval or envy, but of fear.
Terri E Apter
I’m still not a great reader, but my wife is and my daughters are, and I envy them. I think I got into a bad habit of trying to do something all the time, instead of trying to sit down and take my time a little bit.
Mike Krzyzewski
Silence is the safest response for all the contradiction that arises from impertinence, vulgarity, or envy.
Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann
The will to incessant creation is vulgar, betraying jealousy, envy, and ambition. Assuming that you are something, there is really nothing that you need to do-and yet you do a great deal. Above the “productive” man there is still a higher type.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Envy may justly be called “the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity;” it is the most acid fruit that grows on the stock of sin, a fluid so subtle that nothing but the fire of divine love can purge it from the soul.
Hosea Ballou
It is the nature of the unfortunate to be spiteful, and to envy those who are well to do.
Ambition hath but two steps: the lowest, blood; the highest, envy.
William Lilly
The gilded sheath of pity sometimes covers the dagger of envy.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.
Bertrand Russell
There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the dark colony of night, when I consider man’s magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
Leo Rosten
All the vices, Sancho, bring some kind of pleasure with them; but envy brings nothing but irritation, bitterness, and rage.
Miguel de Cervantes
I envy those who can wear red lipstick or any bold lip colour, really. My top lip just doesn’t seem to take colour – there’s nothing I can do to change that, so I usually just use a nude on the bottom lip.
Laura Mvula
Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion. The industrial society … recognises nothing except the power to acquire … No other kind of hope or satisfaction or pleasure can any longer be envisaged within the culture of capitalism.
John Berger
If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country [Italy] its music. This is the favorite passion of my soul, and fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism.
Thomas Jefferson
If every man’s internal care Were written on his brow, How many would our pity share Who raise our envy now?
Pietro Metastasio
The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa- for he has so much to look forward to.
Rich Mullins
Envy plus rhetoric equals “social justice.”.
Thomas Sowell
Whether couched in terms of envy, admiration, or derision, celebrity fascination begins as an exercise in imagining what it would be like to lead a more carefree and pleasurable life.
Jacob Weisberg
In Britain, any degree of success is met with envy and resentment.
Christopher Lee
Don’t envy someone else’s gift. Discover your own.
Tavis Smiley
We’ve never been people that go around and confront people that have been financially successful and say, ‘We hate you. We envy you because of how well you’re doing.’
Marco Rubio
What is envy? It is nothing but passive jealousy. Maybe jealousy is too strong a phenomenon; envy is a little passive. The difference may be of degrees, but it is not of quality, it is only of quantity. Envy can become jealousy at any moment; envy is just jealousy in progress. Mind has to drop all envies and jealousies.
Everything is destroyed by its own particular vice: the destructive power resides within. Rust destroys iron, moths destroy clothes, the worm eats away the wood; but greatest of all evils is envy, impious habitant of corrupt souls, which ever was, is, and shall be a consuming disease.
You can say I had a severe case of ‘Roots’ envy. I wanted to be like Alex Haley, and I wanted to be able to… do my family tree back to the slave ship and then reverse the Middle Passage, as I like to put it, and find the tribe or ethnic group that I was from in Africa.
Henry Louis Gates
Sadly for my wedding plans, I learned that Nestor is a bardash. I envy the men who enjoy his favors. He has always treated me with friendship which I now value more than my old romantic feelings.
Tamora Pierce
Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
Honore de Balzac
It is always better to imitate a successful man than to envy him.
Napoleon Hill
I really envy, in some respects, some of the people of faith I’ve known – A.J.[Muste], for example.
Nat Hentoff
When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others
Robert Greene
No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble; the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us.
Seneca the Younger
Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns to soon to hatred.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is doubly chimerical to build peace on economic foundations which, in turn, rest on the systematic cultivation of greed and envy, the very forces which drive men into conflict.
E. F. Schumacher
Next to worry probably one of the most potent causes of unhappiness is envy.
Bertrand Russell
I love the power of the musician who composes and performs. I envy their ability to put a nugget of truth in three minutes of sweat and emotional outpouring, colored entirely from their thoughts.
Kim Harrison
A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
Lisa Kirk
We like the idea of childhood but are not always crazy about the kids we know. We like it, that is, when we are imagining our ownchildhoods. So part of our apparent appreciation of youth is simply envy.
C. Sommerville
Envy someone an’ it pulls you down. Admire them and it builds you up. Which makes more sense?
Elvis Presley
Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
Thornton Wilder
Anger he smiles, towering in shiny metallic purple armor. Queen Jealousy, envy waits behind him, her fiery green gown sneers at the grassy ground.
Jimi Hendrix
I probably have less revision than those who have that wonderful rush of story to tell – you know, I can’t wait to tell you what happened the other day. It comes tumbling out and maybe then they go back and refine. I kind of envy that way of working, but I just have never done it.
Amy Hempel
In Europe we have cities wealthier and more populous than yours and we are not happy. You dream of your posterity; but your posterity will look back to yours as the golden age, and envy those who first burst into this silent, splendid Nature.
James Bryce
I envy certain writers, because there are writers who do go into a kind of different zone, where the writing isn’t controlled anymore.
Errol Morris
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
How can we explain the perpetuity of envy–a vice which yields no return?
Honore de Balzac
The living will envy the dead.
Nikita Khrushchev
Envy is so natural to human kind, that it cannot but arise.
Whether as a radical student, a community organizer or a far left politician, Barack Obama’s ideology has been based on a vision of the Haves versus the Have Nots. . .Obama’s ideology is an ideology of envy, resentment, and payback.
Thomas Sowell
The gaze that the colonized subject casts at the colonist’s sector is a look of lust, a look of envy. Dreams of possession. Every type of possession; of sitting at the colonist’s table and sleeping in his bed, preferably with his wife. The colonized man is an envious man.
Frantz Fanon
There mark what ills the scholar’s life assail, toil, envy, want, and patron.
Samuel Johnson
I’m not envious of Leo [Messi]or Ney [Neymar]. Why would I be? If there is envy in the dressing room, you know it’s only going to affect results.
Luis Suarez
Silicon Valley’s long-running track record of creating globally disruptive startups is the envy of the world.
Jay Samit
Don’t abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
E. W. Howe
Resentment and gratitude cannot coexist, since resentment blocks the perception and experience of life as a gift. My resentment tells me that I don’t receive what I deserve. It always manifests itself in envy.
Henri Nouwen
Nothing on earth is so well-suited to make the sad merry, the merry sad, to give courage to the despairing, to make the proud humble, to lessen envy and hate, as music.
Martin Luther
Quiet and incredible. I really envy that.
Sarah Dessen
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.
Malcolm X
They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status – but rarely for your wisdom.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
Abraham Cahan
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
Gore Vidal
Society was cut in two: those who had nothing united in common envy; those who had anything united in common terror.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Whoever has freed himself from envy and bitterness may begin to try to see things as they are.
John Lancaster Spalding
I’d the upbringing a nun would envy. Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body.
Joe Orton
The Sicilian tyrants never devised a greater punishment than envy.
The praise of the envious is far less creditable than their censure; they praise only that which they can surpass, but that which surpasses them they censure.
Charles Caleb Colton
I envy guys who can write funny.
Frank Sinatra Jr.
Gossip bespeaks either a vacant mind or one that entertains jealousy or envy.
David O. McKay
Envy is the last thing that my parents feel.
Keira Knightley
Jimmy had been full of himself back then, thinks Snowman with indulgence and a little envy. He’d been unhappy too, of course. It went without saying, his unhappiness. He’d put a lot of energy into it.
Margaret Atwood
Envy, the attendant of the empty mind.
Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.
Camille Paglia
It is better to be envied than pitied.
Each person’s drive to overwork is unique, and doing too much numbs every workaholic’s emotions differently. Sometimes overwork numbs depression, sometimes anger, sometimes envy, sometimes sexuality. Or the overworker runs herself ragged in a race for attention.
Arlie Russell Hochschild
People destroy beauty when they find it. (Acheron) How so? (Artemis) By nature, people are petty and jealous. They envy what they lack and because they don’t know how to acquire something, they try to destroy anyone who has it. Beauty is one of those things they hate most in others. (Acheron)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Far less envy in America than in France.
I have these huge, pointed ears. They’re like three times the size of Orlando Bloom’s ears. And I think he has ear envy, I love my ears.
Evangeline Lilly
The maxim that men are not to be praised before their death was invented by envy and too lightly adopted by philosophers.
Luc de Clapiers
envy and hatred fascinate the eyes and never make them see things as they are.
Margaret of Valois
O jealousy! thou magnifier of trifles.
Friedrich Schiller
When one begins, as I did, to analyze men after a fairly long experience of analyzing women, one receives a most surprising impression of the intensity of this envy of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood, as well as of breasts and of the act of suckling.
Karen Horney
Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer.
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
William Shenstone
Greed has replaced religion as the national religion, and with greed comes envy.
Wesley Pruden
Envy grieves. Jealousy rages.
Mason Cooley
It does wonders for my own psyche to turn envy into inspiration. No matter how successful we become, we’re never above that.
Hillman Curtis
They will have time enough, in those endless aeons, to attempt all things, and to gather all knowledge… no Gods imagined by our minds have ever possessed the powers they will command… But for all that, they may envy us, basking in the bright afterglow of Creation; for we knew the Universe when it was young.
Arthur C. Clarke
It is my greatest wish to enable our people to live with nothing to envy at the earliest possible date, and it is my greatest pleasure to work energetically, sharing my joys and sorrows with our people, on the road of translating my wish into reality.
Kim Jong Il
Everything – our houses, our clothes, our hairstyles – is meant to help us forget ourselves and to protect us from vanity, greed and envy, which are just forms of selfishness. If we have little, and want for little, and we are all equal, we envy no one.
Veronica Roth
Envy awakens at the sound of a distant laugh.
Mason Cooley
The price of success is to bear the criticism of envy.
Denis Waitley
He that cannot possibly mend his own case will do what he can to impair another’s.
Francis Bacon
Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Do not develop jealousy, hatred or envy on any count.
Sathya Sai Baba
Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.
Robert Greene
In few men is it part of nature to respect a friend’s prosperity without begrudging him.
The Women’s Super League is the envy of the world in the women’s game because the clubs, the Football Association and the media are so well aligned.
Emma Hayes
I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.
Go forward while you can, but if your strength fails you, sit down near the road and gaze without anger or envy at those who pass by. They don’t have far to go, either.
Ivan Turgenev
‘Envy’ was a bit of a challenge for me. It was smooth.
Fat Joe
Envy is ignorance, Imitation is Suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Envy makes people lonely, and brings them great suffering. It is horrible stuff to have in our flesh, and it is a sin we need to take deadly seriously.
Esther Smith
For men can endure to hear others praised only so long as they can severally persuade themselves of their own ability to equal the actions recounted: when this point is passed, envy comes in and with it incredulity.
In my own life, hate has consumed me at times. Or envy. When my TV show was canceled, I didn’t think it deserved to be canceled because people liked it. It was canceled for the wrong reasons, you know? I was consumed with hate for about a year.
Jim Jefferies
One common fate we both must prove; You die with envy, I with love.
John Gay
There are some people whom we envy not because they are rich or handsome or successful, although they may be all or any of these, but because everything they are or do seems to be all of a piece, so that even if they wanted to they could not be or do otherwise.
Elizabeth Bishop
It’s not greed that drives the world, but envy.
Charlie Munger
Men not only don’t get what’s important about what women are capable of, but in fact they fear it, and envy it, and want to throw stones at it, because it’s the thing they can’t have.
Joss Whedon
To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
Emil Cioran
One of my favorite things about America is our breathtaking collection of national and state parks, many of which boast wonders the Psalmist would envy.
Eric Metaxas
If someone is leaving you behind, and you are becoming jealous and embittered, keep praying that he may have success in the very matter where he is awakening your envy; and whether he is helped or not, one thing is sure, that your own soul will be cleansed and ennobled.
William Law
The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call ‘injustice.’
Reverence for greatness dies out, and is succeeded by base envy of greatness.
Albert Pike
I envy people who can think, ‘No, I’m not going to work today’ when they have a huge pile of deadlines stacking up.
Julian Fellowes
Envy is blind, and she has no other quality than that of detracting from virtue
Top 1 Percent progressivism emphasizes the idea of fairness – but it’s nevertheless a politics of outrage, animated by at least a trace of envy. It’s as if ‘millionaires and billionaires’ were the principal problem facing America today.
Cass Sunstein
Loyal? As loyal as anyone who plays second fiddle ever is.
Willa Cather
TRUTH: When a child believes he must win to be worthy, when young adults define themselves by what they do and not who they are, it is a kind of slavery a slave master would envy.
Tom Shadyac
There is nothing more important to our Nation’s future, to our homeland security, and to our economy than ensuring we have a top-notch educational system that is the envy of the world.
Jim Jeffords
I envy poets because nobody ever asks them if it’s true or false.
Hilton Als
Mankind are so ready to bestow their admiration on the dead, because the latter do not hear it, or because it gives no pleasure to the objects of it. Even fame is the offspring of envy.
William Hazlitt
O let me be undone the common way, And have the common comfort to be pity’d, And not be ruin’d in the mask of bliss, And so be envy’d, and be wretched too!
Edward Young
Those who speak against the great do not usually speak from morality, but from envy.
Walter Savage Landor
Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.
Francis Beaumont
No metal can–no, not the hangman’s axe–bear half the keenness of thy sharp envy.
William Shakespeare
the most censorious are generally the least judicious; who, having nothing to recommend themselves, will be finding fault with others. No man envies the merit of another, that has any of his own.
Ellin Devis
Jealousy is in a manner just and reasonable, as it tends to preserve a good which belongs, or which we believe belongs to us, on the other hand envy is a fury which cannot endure the happiness of others.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Dead men may envy living mites in cheese,
Or good germs even. Microbes have their joys,
And subdivide, and never come to death.
Wilfred Owen
To the happy all things come: happiness can even bring the dead back to life. It is our resentments, our dreariness, our hate and envy, unrecognized by us, which keeps us miserable. Yet these things are in our heads, not out of our hands; we own them. We can throw them out if we choose.
Fay Weldon
Let’s face it: There are people who won’t be happy when you get too blessed. There are people who feel threatened by your success. There are people who, out of envy, will just not like you anymore.
Bo Sanchez
Envy was just the tax you paid on success.
David Nicholls
If our credit be so well built, so firm, that it is not easy to be shaken by calumny or insinuation, envy then commends us, and extols us beyond reason to those upon whom we depend, till they grow jealous, and so blow us up when they cannot throw us down.
Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon
A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.
You are still in 100% body conВ­sciousness. Do not stay with this body consciousВ­ness. Remove that. What will remain will be Atma-consciousness. Then there will be no anger, no haВ­tred, no envy, no jealousy, no hunger, no desire . . . only complete Ananda . . . only bliss, bliss, bliss!
Sathya Sai Baba
But if you look at Victoria’s Secret models, honestly, young girls don’t necessarily look up to them for the healthiest reasons. It’s more about the envy, the desire to look aesthetically best: it’s an unattainable, elitist mindset.
Carmen Carrera
Believe all the good you can of everyone. Do not measure others by yourself. If they have advantages which you have not, let your liberality keep pace with their good fortune. Envy no one, and you need envy no one.
William Hazlitt
The propaganda of communism possesses a language which every people can understand. Its elements are simply hunger, envy, death.
Heinrich Heine
You are just jealous,” Magnus remarked calmly. “Because you do not have the soul of a true artiste like myself.” “Oh, I am positively green with envy,” Ragnor snapped. “Come now, Ragnor. That’s not fair,” said Magnus. “You know I love it when you make jokes about your complexion.
Cassandra Clare
The woman I was seems hopelessly naive. I envy her.
Lisa Unger
I only envy as basic old sexual jealousy.
Joan Juliet Buck
Donald Trump envies anyone who can do things he can’t.
Garry Kasparov
Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of peoples vacations was considered a punishment
Betty White
No thank you to all the bustas, cowards, and FAKE HOMIES who showed me the depths of jealousy, envy and greed.
Tupac Shakur
America was and still is able to make the necessary changes to maintain research institutions that are the envy of the world.
Ahmed Zewail
It is better to arouse envy than pity.
Publilius Syrus
The reality is that our independent judiciary is the most respected branch of our government and the envy of the world.
Ted Olson
Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another – physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.
Toni Morrison
Certainly, you envy the guys that have done all kinds of things, a variety of good scripts and good directors. Then again, having worked with Cassavetes has satisfied a big part of that.
Peter Falk
I envy people who have the capacity to sit with another human being and find them endlessly interesting, I would rather watch TV. Of course this becomes eventually known to the other person.
Carrie Fisher
The lightsome countenance of a friend giveth such an inward decking to the house where it lodgeth, as proudest palaces have cause to envy the gilding.
Philip Sidney
We make ourselves fools to disport ourselves And spend our flatteries to drink those men Upon whose age we void it up again With poisonous spite and envy.
William Shakespeare
Heart-stopping envy is the sincerest form of flattery.
Anna Godbersen
Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue
Alexander Pope
Our citizens and those who have gone before us charted the broad outlines of where we need to go, and they would envy our opportunity to translate those dreams into action. And I believe they will judge us very harshly should we fail to act.
Dave Freudenthal
My conscience is my crown,Contented thoughts my rest;My heart is happy in itself,My bliss is in my breast.Enough I reckon wealth;A mean the surest lot,That lies too high for base contempt,Too low for envy’s shot.
Robert Southwell
The manifestation of the disease of fear is anger, hate, sadness, envy, and hypocrisy; the result of the disease is all the emotions that make humans suffer.
In our road through life we may happen to meet with a man casting a stone reverentially to enlarge the cairn of another which stone he has carried in his bosom to sling against that very other’s head.
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Rivalry and envy are Siamese twins.
Josh Billings
In the race of men is much greed and envy; but of truth, little.
Lloyd Alexander
Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes. We should not be ashamed of that. On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world and should be a source of pride.
Arthur C. Brooks
Envy aims very high.
Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.
Oliver Stone
Emulation looks out for merits, that she may exalt herself by a victory; envy spies out blemishes that she may lower another by defeat.
Charles Caleb Colton
Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend’s success without envy.
The biggest of all differences in this world is between the ones that had or have pleasure in love and those that haven’t and hadn’t any pleasure in love, but just watched with sick envy.
Tennessee Williams
Envy is one of the great enemies of active spirituality. It keeps us from loving our neighbours, from functioning with others in community, and from affirming people’s unique worth. It also steals contentment from the heart. Is there anything or anyone you are envious of?
Charles R. Swindoll
There, pride, avarice, and envy are the tongues men know and heed, a Babel of depsair
Dante Alighieri
These are the Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice, Envy, Pride, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Sloth. These are the seven deadly sins: venality, paranoia, insecurity, excess, carnality, contempt, boredom.
Martin Amis
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.
Harold Coffin
Envy is a sign of insecurity, yes; but so is longing to be envied.
Criss Jami
I live my life, breathless… A life of constant motion and excitement. A life that many will envy and most would avoid!
Eric Burdon
For all the unkind things said about envy, it would only be fair to acknowledge that not all envy is destructive. If envy leads us to work hard and to improve our skills, it becomes a stimulant to self-improvement. God has given us no quality that cannot be used for good.
Sidney Greenberg
God’s truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Elisabeth, again, while she praises her, is so far from hiding the Divine glory, that she ascribes everything to God. And yet, though she acknowledges the superiority of Mary to herself and to others, she does not envy her the higher distinction, but modestly declares that she had obtained more than she deserved.
John Calvin
The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity – it’s envy.
Yann Martel
Music – not just the lyrics, but the music itself – expresses confused or illicit passions: rage, lust, envy, frustration, channeling these energies and creating an outlet for them.
Sarah Churchwell
Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.
Mark Twain
We envy people we love for being always in their own loved company.
Nan Fairbrother
My teacher said once that every man faces seven enemies in his lifetime. Sickness, hunger, betrayal, envy, greed, old age, and then death.
Osamu Tezuka
We are constantly telling ourselves what we most want to know, and at the same time are deaf to it. Why does envy have such a fierce bite? Why do we fall silent or get worried just as our story is about to spring out of our control and into its own life? Whose shadow falls across the page?
Bonnie Friedman
His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.
Samuel Johnson
Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God.
Radhanath Swami
Envy is as evil a thing as arrogance.
Theodore Roosevelt
Even if you assume that the whole economy would work better had we never had double taxation, having the envy and resentment of the richest paying low or no taxes screams of injustice. You have to have a fair system.
Charlie Munger
In the gap between who we wish one day to be
and who we are at present,
must come pain, anxiety, envy and humiliation.
Alain de Botton
In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into problems of envy and competition. But all this is just in a day’s work for a writer. You can’t put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool. Oh, well.
Alain de Botton
I would say, anyone who knows me says they don’t envy my life. I’ve just been through very hard times, yes.
Maye Musk
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
Gore Vidal
But it is not given to every electrician to die in so glorious a manner as the justly envied Richmann.
Joseph Priestley
In recompense, envy may be the subtlest – perhaps I should say the most insidious – of the seven deadly sins.
Joseph Epstein
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If at times my eyes are lenses through which the brain explores constellations of feeling my ears yielding like swinging doors admit princes to the corridors into the mind, do not envy me. I have a beast on my back.
Gavin Douglas
Theorems often tell us complex truths about the simple things, but only rarely tell us simple truths about the complex ones. To believe otherwise is wishful thinking or “mathematics envy.”
Marvin Minsky
A beautiful woman peers out her window, as full of envy as the harridan who peers up at her from the street.
Mason Cooley
Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
Jean Vanier
A man finds in the productions of nature an inexhaustible stock of material on which he can employ himself, without any temptations to envy or malevolence, and has always a certain prospect of discovering new reasons for adoring the sovereign author of the universe.
Samuel Johnson
I envy people of faith. I’m incapable of believing in anything supernatural.
Jack Nicholson
Politicians learned hundreds of years ago that people who had little material wealth were incredibly jealous of those who had more than they did. This deep-seated envy was ripe for exploitation – and the exploitation has been running rampant for generations.
Neal Boortz
I envy people who drink – at least they know what to blame everything on.
Oscar Levant
Among true and real friends, all is common; and were ignorance and envy and superstition banished from the world, all mankind would be friend.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
I don’t envy anybody trying to start a career right. There really is no music business left, in a lot of ways.
Aimee Mann
I envy the poet. He is encouraged toward drunkenness and wallows with nubile wenches while the painter must endure wretchedness and pain for his art.
Do I envy Madonna’s body? Yes. Do I thank God that she has it? Yes! If you’re fifty-something and you look like Madonna, and you put a lifetime’s work in the way you look, then flash it to the world!
Salma Hayek
Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
John Gay
Since the primitive times, the wealth of the popes was exposed to envy, their powers to opposition, and their persons to violence.
Edward Gibbon
Those who have not, and live in want, are a menace, Ridden with envy and fooled by demagogues.
Surely no child, and few adults, have ever watched a bird in flight without envy.
Isaac Asimov
Indeed envy is a defect; worse than any other.
Despite some struggles of our own, America’s business and economic system remains the envy of much of the world.
John S. Watson
With that malignant envy which turns pale, And sickens, even if a friend prevail.
Charles Churchill
Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.
Theodore Roosevelt
I do not envy the headache you will have when you awake. In the meantime, dream of large women.
Cary Elwes
Envy is the reverse side of a coin called vanity – Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself.
John Stott
And I speak of spiritual suffering! Of people seeing their talent, their work, their lives wasted. Of good minds submitting to stupid ones. Of strength and courage strangled by envy, greed for power, fear of change. Change is freedom, change is life
Ursula K. Le Guin
There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Envy derives from insecurity.
Igor Babailov
In other words, it was a struggle with himself. And the product of that struggle: anger, bitterness, resentment, envy or transformation, aspiration, hope, decency..the product of that struggle is the quality of your life and the nature of your soul.
Emma Forrest
We prefer people who are trying to imitate us more than those who are trying to equal us. This is because imitation is a sign of esteem, but the desire to equal others is a sign of envy.
Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de Sable
There are people who have never been taught anything, and know everything, have never been anywhere, and understand everything, have never given a moment’s thought to anything, and comprehend everything. ‘Blessed hands’ is the name bestowed on these fortunate beings. The world envies, honours and respects them.
Sholom Aleichem
In the affairs of this world, poverty alone is without envy.
Giovanni Boccaccio
Envy … is one form of a vice, partly moral, partly intellectual, which consists in seeing things never in themselves but only in their relations.
Bertrand Russell
Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.
Paul Kalanithi
Where is your heart? Is your heart with God? Is it with your own ego or your lust? Is it with your greed, your pride, envy, or your resentment? This is a time where you can go into yourself and ask: Where is my heart? Ramadan is a time to give the heart back to the One who possesses the hearts.
Hamza Yusuf
Envy, like the worm, is always attracted to the fairest apple
Og Mandino
Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
George Eliot
The cure for the sin of envy and jealousy is to find our contentment in God
Jerry Bridges
Carrying envy makes life more difficult.
Kym Whitley
America’s infrastructure was once the envy of the world.
Scott Pruitt
There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Unjust criticism is usually disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealously and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead log.
Dale Carnegie
It is the stain and disgrace of the age to envy virtue, and to be anxious to crush the very flower of dignity.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
Let others either envy or pity me; I care not, so long as I enjoy myself.
Joseph Hall
To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish
Arthur Schopenhauer
It’s not really the love that I envy, it’s the trust. The feeling that no matter how bad you screw up, there is always someone who will accept you and love you for who you are; not because they have to, just because they can’t not love you.
Cassia Leo
A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother’s love.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
You know, I have had a terrible life. I married two men I really didn’t like. My only daughter was killed in a car accident. My brother committed suicide. Has my life been a life for anyone to envy?
Clare Boothe Luce
The hate of favourites is only a love of favour. The envy of NOT possessing it, consoles and softens its regrets by the contempt it evinces for those who possess it, and we refuse them our homage, not being able to detract from them what attracts that of the rest of the world.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.
William Shakespeare
The past is a distraction, a source of envy, enmity, bitterness. Only the present matters, for only in the present can we shape the future. Cut loose the past; it is dead weight. Let the Extirpation continue. Let it never end.
Stephen Baxter
On the way there is no harder pass than this: fortunate is he who does not carry envy as a companion.
Pray the gods do not envy your happiness!
I don’t believe in God now. I can still work up an envy for someone who has a faith. I can see how that could be a deeply soothing experience.
Jack Nicholson
New York is Babylon : Brooklyn is the truly Holy City. New York is the city of envy, office work, and hustle; Brooklyn is the region of homes and happiness…. There is no hope for New Yorkers, for their glory in Their skyscraping sins; but in Brooklyn there is the wisdom of the lowly.
Christopher Morley
It is the free spirited men and women that we most admire and often envy – those individuals who dare to be themselves.
Kevyn Aucoin
We must picture Hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.
C. S. Lewis
What a day it is when we must envy the men in their graves.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Have you ever taken a sober look at any of the mutants who run these Hollywood-gossip sites? What a crew! None of them could ever, ever be stars, which is why they’re always trying to “take the piss” from those they envy.
Jim Goad
Your body is woven from the light of heaven. Are you aware that its purity and swiftness is the envy of angels and its courage keeps even devils away.
Wherever good fortune enters, envy lays siege to the place and attacks it; and when it departs, sorrow and repentance remain behind.
Leonardo da Vinci
Beg of God the removal of envy, that God may deliver you from externals, and bestow upon you an inward occupation, which will absorb you so that your attention is not drawn away.
With vivid words your just conceptions grace,
Much truth compressing in a narrow space;
Then many shall peruse, but few complain,
And envy frown, and critics snarl in vain.
John Wolcot
I envy the people who go to Paris the first time
Marc Jacobs
As the rays of the sun, notwithstanding their velocity, injure not the eye, by reason of their minuteness, so the attacks of envy, notwithstanding their number, ought not to wound our virtue by reason of their insignificance.
Charles Caleb Colton
I’m always nervous doing auditions – to be honest, I hate it. I always envy the actors who are so cool and cold-blooded when they go in for an audition, especially if it’s for a part that you would really love to play.
Daniel Bruhl
You’re not pathetic. Actually, I envy you a little.” “Because I’m a mess?” Zach asked dryly. “No. Because you’re not afraid to be a mess.
Julie James
The reason I’m in San Diego is not because I want distance from South Africa but because I want proximity to the people I love. But I don’t envy growing up in America. As ugly as aspects of it were, my biggest blessing was to be born a South African.
Athol Fugard
God being infinite beauty, the soul united to Christ draws upon himself the admiring and tender gaze of the Angels, who, were they capable of any passion, would be filled with envy at his lot.
Pope Pius X
I envy your ignorance, I hear that it’s bliss.
Ani DiFranco
On every movie I’ve done as a director, I look at the producers and having done it, I don’t envy them, at all.
Griffin Dunne
The masses do not like those who surpass them in any regard. The average man envies and hates those who are different.
Ludwig von Mises
Envy, to which th’ ignoble mind’s a slave, Is emulation in the learn’d or brave.
Alexander Pope
A nonviolent occupation is that occupation which is fundamentally free from violence and which involves no exploitation or envy of others.
Mahatma Gandhi
There are a lot of ways to make people not like you, but one of the most powerful – if least fair – is to be really, really successful. Nobody resents the guy who just lost his job. But the guy whose Internet start-up made him a billionaire at 25? That’s a whole different kettle of envy.
Jeffrey Kluger
When you become who you wish to be, there is no need for envy.
Wes Fesler
It was tragic every single time my mom told me we were moving. I would always envy my friends who had grown up in the same house their entire life, and they had markings on the wall of ‘me at five years old’ and all that. It made me so sad. I wished I’d had that.
Camila Mendes
It would be an error to try to build the Kingdom of Heaven upon envy. For nothing that is founded on envy can thrive; it must have another root.
Birds have wings; they’re free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.
Roger Tory Peterson
It was granted to me alone to discover all the new phenomena in the sky and nothing to anybody else. This is the truth which neither envy nor malice can supress.
Galileo Galilei
Years from now, when I’m successful and happy, …and he’s in prison… I hope I’m not too mature to gloat.
Bill Watterson
With fame, in just proportion, envy grows.
Edward Young
“Mediocrity” doesn’t mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
Ayn Rand
Envy is one of the scorpions of the mind, often having little to do with the objective, external world.
Bonnie Friedman
It is not envy or malice, as so many people think, but utter despair that has persuaded many educational reformers to recommend the abolition of the English public schools.
Peter Medawar
Envy and fear are the only passions to which no pleasure is attached.
John Churton Collins
Envy is when you resent God’s goodness in other people’s lives and ignore God’s goodness in your own life.
Craig Groeschel
Madame Aubain’s servant Felicite was the envy of the ladies of Pont-l’Eveque for half a century.
Gustave Flaubert
Young girls envy the life yall leading, never satisfied with a nice calm evening
Unsuccessful emulation is too apt to sink into envy, which of all sins has not even the excuse to offer of temporary gratification.
Sydney Thompson Dobell
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
“There aint nothin gonna stop me so just envy it”
Lil Wayne