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Envy Quotes

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Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Expectation Disappointment Greed

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
- The Buddha

The flower which is single need not envy
the thorns that are numerous.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

 

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another,
but let him work diligently and build one for himself,
thus by example assuring that his own
shall be safe from violence when built.
- Abraham Lincoln

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

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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.
- Epictetus

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike;
there is but one step from envy to hate.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering
are Our Expectations and Our Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
- Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The jealous are troublesome to others,
but a torment to themselves.
- William Penn

Love looks through a telescope;
envy, through a microscope.
- Josh Billings

Small people never learn to be indifferent;
they either envy or pity.
- Anonymous

Never trust anyone who wants what you've got.
Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.
- Eubie Blake

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

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

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms
an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
- Elbert Hubbard

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.
- Joseph Epstein

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it.
We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
- William Hazlitt

It is in the character of very few men to honor without
envy a friend who has prospered.
- Aeschylus

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
- Thornton Wilder

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the
poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
- Horace

Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a
lamb under the influence of the evil eye.
- Jacopo Sannazaro

Above all, you must fight conceit, envy,
and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
- Abraham Cahan

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape,
it would be the shape of a boomerang.
- Charley Reese

Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise.
For envy is a kind of praise.
- John Gay

I think a lot of people in television news look at
the cable networks with great envy.
- Chris Wallace

There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day;
the reason is that people can commend it without envy.
- William Shenstone

I have no respect for the passion of equality,
which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.
- Titus Livius

God's truth judges created things out of love,
and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I do not envy the headache you will have when you awake.
In the meantime, dream of large women.
- Cary Elwes

One of the greatest things drama can do,
at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love,
home, family, loyalty and envy.
Tragedy need not be a downer.
- Ben Kingsley

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead,
but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
- Thomas Hobbes

Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career
woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.
- Helen Gurley Brown

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.
- Susan Sontag

Communism possesses a language which every people can understand -
its elements are hunger,
envy, and death.
- Heinrich Heine

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

Envy aims very high.
- Ovid

I envy the dead.
- William Mulholland

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

Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority:
envy our uneasiness under it.
- William Shenstone

I defer to all these other American poets who,
for some reason, I both envy and admire.
- Charles Olson

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.
- Petrarch

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 Zi

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

Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set
on fire the hearts of all men.
- Dante Alighieri

Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
- Thomas Browne

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much
destructive feeling as moral indignation,
which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
- Erich Fromm

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind,
even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

The United States transportation system is the envy of the world.
- Jerry Costello

Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls,
emulation.
- Henry Fielding

It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious,
especially those who envy you.
- Baltasar Gracian

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
- Harold Coffin

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy.
Never underestimate that.
- Oliver Stone

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

Far less envy in America than in France,
and far less wit.
- Stendhal

O!
what a Godlike Power is that of doing Good!
I envy the Rich and the Great for nothing else!
- Samuel Richardson

I go about looking at horses and cattle.
They eat grass, make love, work when they have to,
bear their young.
I am sick with envy of them.
- Sherwood Anderson

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

I don't envy men and I certainly wouldn't like to become one now.
- Louise Brown

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being
a common and widespread emotion.
- John Berger

I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.
- Oscar Levant


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