Envy Quotes

Envy Quotes by Ovid, Peter Falk, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Marilyn Monroe, Maxine and many others.

Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer.

Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer.
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
God is indeed a jealous God. He cannot bear to see, that we had rather not with him, but with each other play.
Emily Dickinson
Men that make Envy and crooked malice nourishment, Dare bite the best.
William Shakespeare
When you’re famous you kind of run into human nature in a raw kind of way. It stirs up envy, fame does.
Marilyn Monroe
Nobody supports me at the expense of his own adventure. Then I get bitter: I am not loved enough to be supported. That I am not a burden has to compensate for the sad envy when I look at women loved enough to be supported. Even now China wraps double binds around my feet.
Envy grieves. Jealousy rages.
Mason Cooley
I do not envy the headache you will have when you awake. In the meantime, dream of large women.
Cary Elwes
The modern Left is not driven by fairness. It is guided by an ideology of greed and envy. Those are vices, not virtues.
Stephen Moore
The man who keeps busy helping the man below him won’t have time to envy the man above him.
Henrietta Mears
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
When the new light which we beg for shines in upon us, there be [those] who envy and oppose, if it come not first in at their casements.
John Milton
Love is that enviable state that knows no envy or vanity, only empathy and a longing to be greater than oneself.
Joe McMahon
the truly covetous have never enough!
Delarivier Manley
No thank you to all the bustas, cowards, and FAKE HOMIES who showed me the depths of jealousy, envy and greed.
Tupac Shakur
Jealousy dislikes the world to know it.
Lord Byron
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
The hate which we all bear with the most Christian patience is the hate of those who envy us.
Charles Caleb Colton
Envy suggests inferiority.
Wayne Gerard Trotman
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
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
Tis much when sceptres are in children’s hands,
But more when envy breeds unkind division:
There comes the ruin, there begins confusion.
William Shakespeare
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
Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.
Bertrand Russell
When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy, or beauty without vanity?
Bantu Holomisa
It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.
Francis Bacon
Moloch merely shovels babies into the fire of productive capitalism. Mammon hooks them on the dead heroin of envy.
Hakim Bey
No one would deny that feeling envy is unpleasant, or that feeling envious sometimes leads us down a path we wish we hadn’t taken. Envy is frequently corrosive and destructive.
Maria Konnikova
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.
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
Envy always implies conscious inferiority wherever it resides.
Pliny the Elder
All envy is proportionate to desire.
Samuel Johnson
Envy wounds with false accusations, that is with detraction, a thing which scares virtue.
Leonardo da Vinci
People always ask me: How are you? I say I’m the envy of millions. I’ve been a lucky guy.
Dennis DeYoung
Merit challenges envy.
John Dryden
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.
I have a learning disability when it comes to languages, I envy actors like Prakash Raj and my kids who do it with such ease.
Arvind Swami
Madame Aubain’s servant Felicite was the envy of the ladies of Pont-l’Eveque for half a century.
Gustave Flaubert
You might think that religion was the one area in which professional jealousy would take a back seat. But no: ecclesiastical memoirs are as viperish as any, though their envy tends to cloak itself in piety.
Craig Brown
I have friends who write all the time, and I envy them terribly.
Michael McDonald
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
Ethiopia did not have the same problem [of corruption]. African leaders looked at us with envy.
Mengistu Haile Mariam
You will be able to check envy if you rejoice with the man whom you envy whenever he rejoices, and grieve whenever he grieves.
Maximus the Confessor
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.
I used to envy kids who had an old-fashioned Grandpa. Not any more. I’ve got a new ambition. Now I just want to become a modern-type Grandpa myself-and really start living.
Hal Boyle
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
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
Baltasar Gracian
I’m a frustrated driver. I would love to be out on the track instead of them. I look at them with envy.
Murray Walker
A man shall never be enriched by envy.
Thomas Draxe
Envy awakens at the sound of a distant laugh.
Mason Cooley
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
The truth is that cupidity, selfishness, envy, malice, lust, vindictiveness, are constant vices of human nature.
William Graham Sumner
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
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
Education has to cultivate humility and discipline, but today it is yielding a harvest of pride and envy.
Sai Baba
By interpreting freedom as the propagation and immediate gratification of needs, people distort their own nature, for they engender in themselves a multitude of pointless and foolish desires, habits, and incongruous stratagems. Their lives are motivated only by mutual envy, sensuality, and ostentation.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.
Suzanne Collins
Documentary photography has amassed mountains of evidence. And yet… the genre has simultaneously contributed much to spectacle, to retinal excitation, to voyeurism, to terror, envy and nostalgia, and only a little to the critical understanding of the social world.
Allan Sekula
To claim “humanitarian motives” when the motive is envy and its supposed appeasement, is a favorite rhetorical device of politicians today, and has been for at least a hundred and fifty years.
Helmut Schoeck
How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.
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
I can remember staring at the orphanage and feeling envy.
George Carlin
Those who speak against the great do not usually speak from morality, but from envy.
Walter Savage Landor
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
There is a natural limit to the success we wish our friends, even when we have spurred them on their way.
Agnes Repplier
An assembly of the states, a court of justice, shows nothing so serious and grave as a table of gamesters playing very high; a melancholy solicitude clouds their looks; envy and rancor agitate their minds while the meeting lasts, without regard to friendship, alliances, birth or distinctions.
Jean de la Bruyere
Great power which incites great envy, hurls some men to destruction; they are drowned in a long splendid stream of honors.
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
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
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
The desire to create continually is vulgar and betrays jealousy, envy, ambition. If one is something one really does not need to make anything –and one nonetheless does very much. There exists above the ”productive” man a yet higher species.
Friedrich Nietzsche
If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for two things: one is the receiving of Holy Communion, and the other is suffering.
Mary Faustina Kowalska
Calumny is the offspring of Envy.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
Envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! What a bright prospect that is-downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment!
Jeffrey R. Holland
Drop jealousy and envy, for they make you ugly. Be loving, be accepting, and most of all… be happy just the way you are.
Leon Brown
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
There is a certain race of men that either imagine it their duty, or make it their amusement, to hinder the reception of every work of learning or genius, who stand as sentinels in the avenues of fame, and value themselves upon giving Ignorance and Envy the first notice of a prey.
Samuel Johnson
I can’t make you understand because you don’t know the meaning of fear. You have the heart of a lion and an utter lack of imagination and I envy you both of those qualities. You’ll never mind facing realities and you’ll never want to escape from them as I do.
Margaret Mitchell
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
Cesare Pavese
Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Eleanor Roosevelt
I envy people who write easily. I enjoy the process, but it’s not easeful for me.
Charles Krauthammer
Some people suffer from the green-eyed monster called envy.
Ana Monnar
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
I envy people that know love. That have someone who takes them as they are.
Jess C Scott
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
[Cultural relativism] licenses the envy of the untalented, giving rise to what has been called the revenge of failure: Those who cannot paint destroy the canons of painting; those who cannot write reject canonical literature.
George Will
is there not an Arabick Proverb which goes, ‘No one throws Stones at a Barren Tree’?
Erica Jong
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
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.
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
Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego.
Eckhart Tolle
I’m at a point now where I crave healthy musical environments, where there is a genuine exchange of ideas without repressed envy or resentment, and where people in the band want to be there regardless of what public accolades may come their way. Unfortunately, Mr. Bungle was not one of those places.
Mike Patton
The time for boring ethical discussions around disability is over. It’s only through feelings of admiration, aspiration, curiosity and envy that we can move forward.
Viktoria Modesta
Envy the kangaroo. That pouch setup is extraordinary; the baby crawls out of the womb when it is about two inches long, gets into the pouch, and proceeds to mature. I’d have a baby if it would develop in my handbag.
Rita Rudner
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
George Bancroft
The heavier crop is ever in others’ fields.
Envy creates the beginning of strife.
The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity – it’s envy.
Yann Martel
I’m not a completely envy-free zone – I envy 25-year-old men with magnificent bodies – but when I look at my colleagues on the whole, I don’t think I have much to envy!
David Starkey
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
Envy is blind, and she has no other quality than that of detracting from virtue
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
Respect kindly all religions that teach loving kindness, and have no respect for envy and jealousy. Never follow hate.
Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
I’m not married, and I don’t have any kids, so sometimes I envy that end of things when I see a family vacation or people at the beach with their kids or at sporting events with their kids; you wonder, ‘Is that a part of your life that you want to go into?’
Kevin Connolly
There comes a time in each man’s education in which he comes to the conclusion that envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide, and society in in conspiracy against each one of its members.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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
Find people not to envy but to admire. Do not the profitable but the admirable deed. Live by ideals.
Jonathan Sacks
The brave or the fortunate can afford to laugh at envy.
Publilius Syrus
God is growing bitter, He envies man his mortality.
Jacques Rig
Worldly ambition is founded on pride or envy, but emulation, or laudable ambition, is actually founded in humility; for it evidently implies that we have a low opinion of our present attainments, and think it necessary to be advanced.
Joseph Hall
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
Each time I read a book, I cataloged the parts that struck me dumb with envy and admiration for their beauty and power and truth.
Jack Gantos
Envy-Thy art blindness
Aftab Alam
Of all the passions, jealousy is that which exacts the hardest service, and pays the bitterest wages. Its service is to watch the success of one’s enemy; its wages to be sure of it.
Charles Caleb Colton
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
Envy lies between two beings equal in nature though unequal in circumstances.
Jeremy Collier
I think there’s a big price to pay for consciousness, knowing that it’s all going to end and we’re mortal. I envy dogs. They don’t know they’re getting old! And they don’t know it’s towards the end. I mean, they never think, ‘I used to get by on 16 hours of sleep a day. Now, if I don’t get 19, I’m a wreck.’
Dana Carvey
Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I envy no quality of the mind or intellect in others; not genius, power, wit, nor fancy; but, if I could choose what would be most delightful, and, I believe, most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing.
Humphry Davy
Sympathy is what you have for someone after they die, pity you have for someone when they don’t have a date to the biggest dance of the year. Empathy is what I do to you when you judge me. Envy is having pity on yourself. Can you discern the rest for yourself?
Mahatma Gandhi
I’m going to have cute boobs ’til I’m 90, so there’s that. I’ll have the best boobs in the nursing home. I’ll be the envy of all the ladies around the bridge table.
Christina Applegate
Envy is everywhere. Who is without envy? And most people Are unaware or unashamed of being envious.
T. S. Eliot
Carrying envy makes life more difficult.
Kym Whitley
I labor, I spend, I strive, I design, I love, I cling, I uphold, I give way, I envy, I long, I scorn, I die, I hide, I want. Faster, much faster than any man could make the tally.
Saul Bellow
When you become who you wish to be, there is no need for envy.
Wes Fesler
Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, though these are things which cannot inspire envy.
Viktor E. Frankl
Expect not praise without envy until you are dead.
Charles Caleb Colton
If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.
Charley Reese
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
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
Envy plus rhetoric equals “social justice.”.
Thomas Sowell
Pride is seldom delicate, it will please itself with very mean advantages; and envy feels not its own happiness, but when it may be compared with the misery of others
Samuel Johnson
Don’t envy those who make their wealth in an ungodly way. The wicked SEEM to prosper now and live without a care but they will spend eternity in terror and despair.
T. B. Joshua
Now and then sprays of rain flew over and misted our faces. Every time I refused to wipe away the wetness. It made the world seem so alive to me. I couldn’t help but envy the way a good storm got everyone’s attention.
Sue Monk Kidd
We should keep a careful diary of our moments of envy: they are our covert guides to what we should try to do next.
Alain de Botton
Only fools live in the past or carry envy to the present.
Chi Chi Rodriguez
We seek our happiness outside ourselves, and in the opinion of men we know to be flatterers, insincere, unjust, full of envy, caprice and prejudice.
Jean de la Bruyere
Envy is the last thing that my parents feel.
Keira Knightley
Do not develop jealousy, hatred or envy on any count.
Sathya Sai Baba
For one man who sincerely pities our misfortunes, there are a thousand who sincerely hate our success.
Charles Caleb Colton
Envy, like a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form.
Norm MacDonald
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
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
With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.
Lope de Vega
Envy’s a sharper spur than pay: No author ever spar’d a brother; Wits are gamecocks to one another.
John Gay
Who hath not heard the rich complain Of surfeits, and corporeal pain? He barr’d from every use of wealth, Envies the ploughman’s strength and health.
John Gay
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
The greatest harm that you can do unto the envious, is to do well.
John Lyly
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
A beautiful woman peers out her window, as full of envy as the harridan who peers up at her from the street.
Mason Cooley
A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.
Hannah More
Jealousy, which serves the struggle for survival, can deteriorate into the envy which draws defeat even from victory.
Willard Gaylin
Greatness is always envied – it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.
Marie Corelli
Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.
Marilyn Monroe
Congratulations is the civility of envy.
Ambrose Bierce
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.
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
Lord Byron
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
If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher.
Debbie Macomber
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
There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
know the feelin, when you feelin like a villain,
You be havin good thoughts but the evils be revealin’.
And the stresses of life can take you off the right path,
Jealousy and envy tends to infiltrate your staff…
We gotta hold it down so we can move on past
All adversities, so we can get through fast.
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
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.
I never admire another’s fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Redistribution depends on three things, amnesia,meaning you don’t remember the murderous paths of these beliefs. Envy, you hate the successful in the present and used, people who
have nothing to earn yet.
Jedediah Bila
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
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
Envy is blind. -Caeca invidia est
I envy not in any moods The captive void of noble rage, The linnet born within the cage, That never knew the summer woods.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Rivalry and envy are Siamese twins.
Josh Billings
The truest mark of being born with great qualities is to be born without envy.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
An Oscar clears the deck of envy and resentment. You think, ‘Well, I’ve got that. I can relax now.’
Jim Broadbent
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
You want Paradise, you gotta build it on war, on blood, on envy and naked greed.
Michel Faber
Great honours are great burdens, but on whom They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads.
Ben Jonson
I have never been given to envy – save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily.
J. Paul Getty
Metaphors and Similes are the beginning of the democratic system of envy.
Giannina Braschi
Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.
William Shenstone
If you envy me whatever modicom of success that I enjoy, you must also envy me my time, my labour, my finance, my anxiety, my frustration and my determination. Jose Sulaiman is the greatest boxing man that I have ever met. I think he is a knight in shining armour for the boxer, but I always insulate myself with the rules.
Don King
Envy does not allow humanity to sleep.
Carl Jung
Envy not success, nor pity failure, for you know not what is success or failure in the soul’s reckoning.
Neale Donald Walsch
Envy is a surefire party killer.
Bob Colacello
As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
Saint John Chrysostom
No woman is envious of another’s virtue who is conscious of her own.
Charlotte Lennox
With boys I climbed trees, ran races, and wrestled. I had no complexes of envy or inferiority toward boys. At the same time, however, I liked dolls.
Indira Gandhi
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
If we weren’t born with anti-social passions – narcissism, envy, lust, meanness, greed, hunger for power, just to name the more obvious – why the need for so many laws, whether religious or secular, that govern behavior?
Dennis Prager
There is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury…but envy can gain nothing but vexation.
Michel de Montaigne
Heart-stopping envy is the sincerest form of flattery.
Anna Godbersen
Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.[or you will create disappointment and envy, as every other person has something, small or large, better than you. Remember at these times what you have rather than what you don’t and be grateful]
Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet
I envy guys who can write funny.
Frank Sinatra Jr.
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
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
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
The surest proof of being endowed with noble qualities is to be free from envy.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Satan has parted fathers and mothers. Filling their hearts with his envy and hate. Aiding their pathway down to destruction, leaving their children like orphans to stray. The family who prays will never be parted.
Charlie Louvin
As to the Seven Deadly Sins, I deplore Pride, Wrath, Lust, Envy and Greed. Gluttony and Sloth I pretty much plan my day around.
Robert Breault
Purge thy heart from malice and, innocent of envy, enter the divine court of holiness.
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
If the internal griefs of every man could be read, written on his forehead, how many who now excite envy would appear to be the objects of pity?
Pietro Metastasio
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
With that malignant envy which turns pale, And sickens, even if a friend prevail.
Charles Churchill
Drop envy and jealousy, otherwise there is no possibility , because love cannot exist where envy and jealousies exist.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Charles Churchill
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
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
Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire.
Susan Cain
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
Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart like a viper in its hole.
Honore de Balzac
The gilded sheath of pity sometimes covers the dagger of envy.
Friedrich Nietzsche
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
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
The cheap but simple human emotion of envy is the driving force of all socialism, of all anti-capitalist philosophy. It is the mark of the intellectual.
Andrew Joseph Galambos
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
Envy is littleness of soul.
William Hazlitt
Honestly, I envy painters, who can have a masterpiece in one morning. Or musicians, who can write something in 30 minutes and arrange it in an hour, sometimes. ‘Cause with this, with writing, you can occasionally feel like a caveman, like you’ve been working with pitch and tar on this brush.
Barry Hannah
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
We are told to walk noiselessly through the world, that we may waken neither hatred, nor envy; but, alas! what can we do when they never sleep!
Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
Our envy always outlives the felicity of its object.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Righteousness is a fuel that, when it has some pitch in it of ambitious rivalry and the damper’s left open to envy’s draught, makes a hot enough fire to cook somebody’s goose in quite a hurry.
Ardyth Kennelly
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
Antonia was very conscious of the corrosive power of envy and felt that it was this emotion, more than any other, which lay behind human unhappiness. People did not realize how widespread envy was.
Alexander McCall Smith
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
Surely no child, and few adults, have ever watched a bird in flight without envy.
Isaac Asimov
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
I envy poets because nobody ever asks them if it’s true or false.
Hilton Als
O! what a Godlike Power is that of doing Good! I envy the Rich and the Great for nothing else!
Samuel Richardson
I envy my Jewish friends the ritual of saying kaddish – a ritual that seems perfectly conceived, with its built-in support group and its ceremonious designation of time each day devoted to remembering the lost person.
Meghan O’Rourke
Sometimes I envy painters, it is wonderful to remain in front of a bouquet of flowers a whole morning, or even longer. A photographer is like a cloud, pushed all around, always dependent on the exterior world. That’s what I sometimes feel as a pain and an error.
Edouard Boubat
As rust corrupts iron, so envy corrupts man.
If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me;
For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.
In so far as men are influenced by envy or any kind of hatred, one towards another, they are at variance, and are therefore to be feared in proportion, as they are more powerful than their fellows.
Yet minds are not conquered by force, but by love and high-mindedness.
Baruch Spinoza
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
Jealousy is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius.
Fulton J. Sheen
Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.
Paul Eldridge
It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.
Lawrence G. Lovasik
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
Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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
Overwhelming and astounding inequality,especially when it has an element of the unattainable, arouses far less envy than minimal inequality, which inevitably causes the envious to think: I might have been in his place.
Helmut Schoeck
The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness by what it chooses to compare the experience with. If it chooses to compare it to something worse then it will create happiness, gratitude and pride but if it chooses to compare it to something better then it will create unhappiness, bitterness and envy.
Gautama Buddha
Who delivered up Jesus to die? Not Judas, for money; not Pilate, for fear; not the Jews, for envy; – but the father, for love!
Octavius Winslow
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
Jealousy is the suspicion of one’s own inferiority.
Emily Post
Envy is a weed that grows in all soils and climates, and is no less luxuriant in the country than in the court; is not confined to any rank of men or extent of fortune, but rages in the breasts of all degrees.
Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon
Our purest form of joy comes when people we envy get hurt. That most genuine form of joy.
Chuck Palahniuk
Jealousy we understood and thought natural… But envy was a strange, new feeling for us. And all the time we knew that Maureen Peal was not the Enemy and not worthy of such intense hatred. The Thing to fear was the Thing that made her beautiful, and not us.
Toni Morrison
envy, as a rule, is of success rather than of merit. No one would have objected to his talent deserving recognition – only to his getting it.
Ada Leverson
In 20 years, I’m going to – I’m sure – envy the body that I have now. I look fabulous and it’s important to celebrate.
Lauren Ash
In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.
Ivan Illich
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
The only thing more certain than the hatred of enemies is the envy of friends.
Evan Esar
Do you know the hallmark of the second-rater? It’s resentment of another man’s achievement.
Ayn Rand
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
Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death.
Heinrich Heine
America’s space program has been the envy and inspiration of the world. It has made landmark scientific discoveries that are a lasting legacy of this nation’s greatness. It has studied Earth in ways no other nation can match.
Alan Stern
I have little taste for fashionable dissipations, cards, and dancing; the theatre and tea parties are my aversion, and I look with little envy on those who find their enjoyment in such transitory delights, if delights they may be called.
Dorothea Dix
Virtually everywhere in the world, people still wake up and want their country to be more like the United States than any other nation. We are the envy of the world because of what we stand for and how our democratic process, flawed as it may often seem to be, operates. We should take pride in that.
Eliot Spitzer
Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn’t yours. But grief comes from losing something you’ve already had.
Jodi Picoult
What has worked for America is not caring about how the rich are doing, or the politics of envy. What’s worked for America is growth. Growth is the reason why I had a very nice middle class upbringing with parents who never went to college.
Anthony Scaramucci
Sympathy one receives for nothing, envy must be earned.
Robert Lembke
Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
Disgust is often more deeply buried than envy and anger, but it compounds and intensifies the other negative emotions.
Martha Nussbaum
When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.
Seneca the Younger
Now seen…now gone, The butterfly flits in and out Through fence-hung flowers; But a life lived so close to them I envy…though it’s here and gone.
Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Dorothy Parker
I’ve learned that I’ve just barely scratched the surface of knowledge of the profession, and I have deep envy of and appreciation for filmmakers who really, truly understand the physics, the design of filmmaking. They can do story and color and composition and geometry and math and science all at once.
Julie Plec
You may envy every one, but no one envies you.
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
To envy is to draw circles that isolate us from others, to take small, bitter trips that diminish the traveler.
Phyllis Grissim-Theroux
Envy, like flames, soars upwards.
Go little book, thy self present, As child whose parent is unkent: To him that is the president Of noblesse and of chivalry, And if that Envy bark at thee, As sure it will, for succour flee.
Edmund Spenser
You thought you had the choice to stay still or move forward, but your didn’t. As long as your heart kept pumping an your blood kept blowing and your lungs kept filling, you didn’t. The pang she felt for Tibby carried something like envy. You couldn’t stand still for anything short of death, and God knew she had tried.
Ann Brashares
I’m emotionless, yet I breathe jealousy and envy
People kill for me or die to defend me
Kirk Jones
Envy is a deadly sin!
Alexandra Adornetto
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
Jealousy is beautiful only on a young and ardent face. After the first wrinkles, trust must return.
Alfred Capus
Envy is the root of the egalitarian ethos.
Robert Stacy McCain
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
A nonviolent occupation is that occupation which is fundamentally free from violence and which involves no exploitation or envy of others.
Mahatma Gandhi
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
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
I envy Jesus because he’s dead.
T. C. Boyle
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
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.
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
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
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
The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one.
Paulo Coelho
A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain.
A. A. Milne
Never trust anyone who wants what you’ve got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.
Eubie Blake
People say that envy is a deadly sin, but I disagree. I love watching a person do something that I can’t. I find it to be incredibly motivating.
Jonathan Sadowski
If women envy men, we can now see that it’s because of the privileges their anatomy confers and not the anatomy itself.
Martha Roth
I envy you your peace of mind, your clean conscience, your unpolluted memory. Little girl, a memory without blot of contamination must be an exquisite treasure-an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment: is it not?
Charlotte Bronte
…if you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.
Mitch Albom
Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.
[Lat., Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula.]
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, 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
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
Frontrunners always attract envy, and a desperate campaign to stop them in their tracks.
Kwasi Kwarteng
Next to worry probably one of the most potent causes of unhappiness is envy.
Bertrand Russell
Envy is the central fact of American life.
Gore Vidal
The reality is that our independent judiciary is the most respected branch of our government and the envy of the world.
Ted Olson
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
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
Live without envy, spend your peaceful years
Unknown to fame, and choose your peers for friends.
Social justice rests on the hate towards those that enjoy a comfortable position, namely, upon envy.
Friedrich August von Hayek
I live my life, breathless… A life of constant motion and excitement. A life that many will envy and most would avoid!
Eric Burdon
Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
Thomas Browne
Other passions have objects to flatter them, and seem to content and satisfy them for a while; there is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury, and pelf in covetousness; but envy can gain nothing but vexation.
Michel de Montaigne
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
Don’t envy the harvest of the rich. Envy their planting.
Bo Sanchez
[Indira Gandhi] looked tired that day, and all of a sudden I exclaimed, ‘Deep down I don’t envy you, and I shouldn’t like to be in your place.’ And she said, ‘The problem is not in the problems I have, it’s in the idiots around me. Democracy, you know…’ I now wonder what she meant by that unfinished phrase.
Oriana Fallaci
There is no disappointment so numbing…as someone no better than you achieving more.
Joseph Heller
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
We wish to learn all the curious, outlandish ways of all the different countries, so that we can “show off” and astonish people when we get home. We wish to excite the envy of our untraveled friends with our strange foreign fashions which we can’t shake off.
Mark Twain
That man, we may be sure, is a person of true worth, whom those who envy him most are yet forced to praise.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There is something to be said for jealousy, because it only designs the preservation of some good which we either have or think wehave a right to. But envy is a raging madness that cannot bear the wealth or fortune of others.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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
People are often vain of their passions, even of the worst, but envy is a passion so timid and shame-faced that no one ever dare avow her.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I don’t envy young Brits crossing the Atlantic to make their fortunes today.
Toby Young
How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy!
Honore de Balzac
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 envious will die, but envy never.
A man who envies our family is a man who needs help.
Yeardley Smith
Envy’s a coal comes hissing hot from Hell.
Philip James Bailey
I don’t envy men and I certainly wouldn’t like to become one now.
Louise Brown
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
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
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
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
Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
Honore de Balzac
The unenvied man is not enviable.
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.
A Chinaman of the T’ang Dynasty—and, by which definition, a philosopher—dreamed he was a butterfly, and from that moment he was never quite sure that he was not a butterfly dreaming it was a Chinese philosopher. Envy him; in his two-fold security.
Tom Stoppard
Rising glory occasions the greatest envy, as kindling fire the greatest smoke.
Edmund Spenser
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
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
Oprah Winfrey
No bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint.
Leo Strauss
Hatred also is short lived; but that which makes the splendor of the present and the glory of the future remains forever unforgotten
here we bless your simplicity but do not envy your folly.
Donald Trump envies anyone who can do things he can’t.
Garry Kasparov
In any court-like environment of power, you will inevitably find people who are drawn to those who are successful or powerful, not out of admiration, but out of secret envy.
Robert Greene
To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish
Arthur Schopenhauer
Work hard to discover your gift and you will never envy or hate another human being who is manifesting theirs.
Louis Farrakhan
And I envy the intransigence of my own
Countrymen who shoot to kill and never
See the victim’s face become their own
Or find his motive sabotage their motives.
Louis MacNeice
Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.
To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
Emile M. Cioran
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
I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew. The agenda for self-cultivation that had been set for my classmates by their teachers and parents was something I’d have to develop for myself.
Sonia Sotomayor
Envy grew like a cancer, deep and invasive.
J. Lynn
A man is very apt to complain of the ingratitude of those who have risen far above him.
Samuel Johnson
Nowadays you envy a manic-depressive. Half the time he’s happy, the other half he’s right.
Robert Breault
You know, writing is really difficult, and it takes a real patience and a skill. I don’t know if I have that. I admire it in others, so much, and I envy it.
Adam Scott
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Carrie Fisher
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
What a lovely place this world would be if only people would feel affection for everyone else, and all the ugliness of the human heart were to vanish – our envy of those better off than ourselves and our scorn for those worse off.
Sayo Masuda
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
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
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
Baltasar Gracian
[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
Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating of it too.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Three sparks – pride, envy, and avarice – have been kindled in all hearts.
Dante Alighieri
And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not.
William Shakespeare
When the enemies’ land force is once conquered and expelled from the continent, our Marine will rise as if by enchantment and become, within the memory of persons now living, the wonder and envy of the world.
John Paul Jones
Some fans keep booing and whistling at me because I’m handsome, rich and a great player. They envy me.
Cristiano Ronaldo
As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves.
Laurie Helgoe
This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high.
Abraham Cowley
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
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
We are often infinitely mistaken, and take the falsest measures, when we envy the happiness of rich and great men; we know not the inward canker that eats out all their joy and delight, and makes them really much more miserable than ourselves.
Joseph Hall
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
Young girls envy the life yall leading, never satisfied with a nice calm evening
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
This only grant me, that my means may lie, too low for envy, for contempt to high.
Abraham Cowley
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
We envy others, for we see their lives in broad outline, while forced to live ours in every detail.
Robert Breault
I envy what I fear and hate what I envy.
Holly Black
Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
Thornton Wilder
If anyone conceives, that an object of his love joins itself to another with closer bonds of friendship than he himself has attained to, he will be affected with hatred towards the loved object and with envy towards his rival.
Baruch Spinoza
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
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
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
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
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
His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.
Samuel Johnson
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
Envy someone an’ it pulls you down. Admire them and it builds you up. Which makes more sense?
Elvis Presley
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
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
RICH, adj. Holding in trust and subject to an accounting the property of the indolent, the incompetent, the unthrifty, the envious and the luckless.
Ambrose Bierce
What pushes the masses into the camp of socialism is, even more than the illusion that socialism will make them richer, the expectation that it will curb all those who are better than they themselves are.
Ludwig von Mises
The free electoral process is one of the things that outsiders envy most about this country. The distinctly American two-party system is perpetuated through that process.
Robert A. Agresta
We are the envy of Europe and in a few years time we are going to be one of the top countries in the world.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.
Iris Murdoch
Ah, if only there were two of me, she thought, one who spoke and the other who listened, one who lived and one who watched, how I would love myself! I would envy no one.
Simone de Beauvoir
Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.
Francis Bacon
The building of America has had its fair share of mistakes, but it’s a constitution that’s the jewel of democracy, the envy of many, and it’s the most generous nation in the world.
Gary Oldman
We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn’t wish to be.
Jean Rostand
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
I am prone to envy. It is one of my three default emotions, the others being greed and rage. I have also experienced compassion and generosity, but only fleetingly and usually while drunk, so I have little memory.
Augusten Burroughs
There is no tradition more worth of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty, as the University of Georgia.
Larry Munson
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
It is the practice of the multitude to bark at eminent men, as little dogs do at strangers.
Seneca the Younger
Such men as he be never at heart’s ease Whiles they behold a greater than themselves, And therefore are they very dangerous.
William Shakespeare
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
Do not underestimate what you specific conventional, nor covetousness others. He who envies others does not terra firma organization of intellect.
Gautama Buddha
I do not envy any animal, though I envy many of their capacities.
Louis MacNeice
Bryan Adams might not be what I want to put on, but he’s a pop singer with a great voice and great guitar tone. Plus, he’s done more for Canada than Rush have, because he works all the time. I envy him for that.
Alex Lifeson
The only thing I envy in young people is their livers.
Brendan Behan
The most common disguise of Envy is in praise of what is subordinate.
Washington Allston
Envy is the bond between the hopeful and the damned
Roger Waters
I envy them, those monks of old; Their books they read, and their beads they told.
George Payne Rainsford James
God’s truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
There’s all kinds of envy out there on the Left.
Ed Schultz
I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
Joseph Epstein
Our faith in others betrays that we would rather have faith in ourselves. Our longing for a friend is our betrayer. And often with our love we want merely to overcome envy. And often we attack and make ourselves enemies, to conceal that we are vulnerable.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Our knowledge of what the richer than ourselves possess, and the poor do not, has never been more widespread. Therefore, envy, which is wanting what others have, and jealousy, which is not wanting others to have what one has, have never been more widespread.
John Fowles
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
If the Angels could envy, they would envy us for Holy Communion.
Pope Pius X
I can see the greed and envy in your eyes.
This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We have to offer an alternative vision.
Mitt Romney
Pray the gods do not envy your happiness!
I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.
Oscar Levant
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
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
Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a lamb under the influence of the evil eye.
Jacopo Sannazaro
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
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.
Harold Coffin
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
Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
Josh Billings
Envy, like a cold prison, benumbs and stupefies; and, conscious of its own impotence, folds its arms in despair.
Jeremy Collier
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
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
O jealousy! thou magnifier of trifles.
Friedrich Schiller
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
Regina Brett
When I was young they used to say people only threw stones at the tree that was loaded with fruit.
Rachel Field
The propaganda of communism possesses a language which every people can understand. Its elements are simply hunger, envy, death.
Heinrich Heine
Envy is an ill-natured vice, and is made up of meanness and malice. It wishes the force of goodness to be strained, and the measure of happiness abated. It laments over prosperity, and sickens at the sight of health. It oftentimes wants spirit as well as good nature.
Jeremy Collier
I’m pretty rubbish, as we say in Britain, artwise, and I always envy people who can pick up something and even do just a little doodle of someone that looks vaguely like them. It’s impressive.
Freddie Highmore
These golden matters Of Gyges and his treasuries Are no concern of mine. Jealousy has no power over me, Nor do I envy a god his work, And I do not burn to rule. Such things have no Fascination for my eyes.
I envy my dad and his faith. I envy all people who have someone to beseech, who know where they’re going, who sleep under the fluffy white comforter of belief.
Kelly Corrigan
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
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 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
The seven deadly sins of the Christian Church are: greed, pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust, and sloth. Satanism advocates indulging in each of these “sins” as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.
Anton Szandor LaVey
We envy only those whom we feel ourselves to be like; we envy only members of our reference group. There are few successes more unendurable than those of our close friends.
Alain de Botton
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
Envy is the basis of democracy.
Bertrand Russell
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
envy and hatred fascinate the eyes and never make them see things as they are.
Margaret of Valois
I do not envy the owners of very large gardens. The garden should fit its owner or his or her tastes, just as one’s clothes do; it should be neither too large nor too small, but just comfortable.
Gertrude Jekyll
A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence.
Thomas Traherne
There is much less envy of the rich by the poor than there is of the happy by the unhappy; by those who believe, by those who don’t believe.
Dennis Prager
I want to rid my heart of envy, and cleanse my soul of rage before I’m through.
Paul Simon
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
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
Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.
Gretchen Rubin
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
You campaigned against rich people and you got enough envy whipped up in the country and you’re gonna get ’em. You’re gonna stick it to those rich people. But guess what? You may not get anymore revenue. You may not get anymore economic growth. But you can say, ‘I stuck it to the rich people.’
Rand Paul
Envy is always referred to by its political alias, ‘social justice.
Thomas Sowell
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 is a spirit of dissatisfaction or opposition to the prosperity or happiness of other people.
Jonathan Edwards
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
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
Remembrance of our kiss brings not your lips nor mine to mind. The flesh can only envy consumption so divine.
Vanna Bonta
Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that nobody ever had the confidence to own it.
John Wilmot
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
If you don’t know what Gamergate is, my God, do I envy you.
Brianna Wu
There’s a big difference between the National Book Awards and the Academy Awards. At the Academy Awards you can feel the greed and envy and ego. Whereas the National Book Awards are in New York.
Steve Martin
The applause we give those who are new to society often proceeds from a secret envying of those already established.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on.
William Shakespeare
All envy would be extinguished, if it were universally known that there are none to be envied.
Samuel Johnson
I was different unique and always happy. At school this attracted playground harassment. Nowadays, while I remain effervescent, quicker to perceive enmity I reserve my warmest touches and smiles for those who smolder with envy.
Clarence Day
I guess, when I go there in the centre, when I do my rehabilitation, I look at the people with only one leg and I actually envy them because I’d love to have one leg. I guess the ones that only have one leg, they envy the ones that they are only missing one leg below the knee, and on and on.
Alex Zanardi
I envy animals for two things – their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.
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
Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns to soon to hatred.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Our nature holds so much envy and malice that our pleasure in our own advantages is not so great as our distress at others’.
The only causes of regret are laziness, outbursts of temper, hurting others, prejudice, jealousy, and envy.
Germaine Greer
The U.S. can still maintain research institutions, such as Caltech, that are the envy of the world, yet it would be hubristic and naive to think that this position is sustainable without investing in science education and basic research.
Ahmed Zewail
I look at my young students, and I no longer have the sense that, oh, I’m the authority and they have to meet a certain standard. It’s like, oh, look at these young ones. They’ve got such a hard road in front of them. I don’t envy them having life ahead of them.
Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The United States of America became the envy of the world because we welcomed the best and brightest minds from anywhere on the planet and gave them the opportunity to succeed.
Naveen Jain
Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them.
Jennifer James
I envy no man’s nightingale or spring;
Nor let them punish me with loss of rhyme,
Who plainly say, My God, My King.
George Herbert
It seems to be almost a law of human nature that it is easier for people to agree on a negative program – on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of those better off – than on any positive task.
Friedrich August von Hayek
The humble live in continuous peace, while in the hearts of the proud are envy and frequent anger.
Thomas a Kempis
Don’t get the green disease of envy. Don’t be fooled by success and money. Don’t let anything come between you and your work.
Louise Bourgeois
Away with tears and fears and troubles! United in wedlock with the eternal Godhead Itself, our nature ascends into the Heaven of Heavens. So it would be impious to call ourselves ‘miserable.’ On the contrary, Man is a creature whom the Angels-were they capable of envy-would envy. Let us lift up our hearts!
C. S. Lewis
Yes, Clay Matthews has a long, golden, Fabio-esque flowing mane that most women would chick-slap someone for. And yes, the shiny, beautiful, dark locks that cascade out of Troy Polamalu’s helmet are the envy of volume-challenged women and bald men everywhere. But do we need to talk about it incessantly?
Julie Foudy
The United States has the world’s largest and most innovative economy, an unmatched rule of law, and a free market that is the envy of the international community. For investors, we are the reserve currency.
John Delaney
The survivors (of a nuclear war) would envy the dead.
Nikita Khrushchev
Blessings come in packages of two. With every blessing is a test. So don’t ever envy people who seem to have more than you. The more blessings, the more tests. And the greater the blessing, the harder the test.
Yasmin Mogahed
I envy because of the heart.
I glutton because of the heart.
I covet because of the heart.
I am prideful because of the heart.
I sloth because of the heart.
I rage because of the heart.
Because of the heart,
I lust for everything about you.
Tite Kubo
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
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
I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have discovered that I also live in “creation’s dawn.” The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day.
John Muir
My brother, do men grieve over the fight of cats and dogs? So the jealousy, envy, and elbowing of common men should make no impression on your mind.
Swami Vivekananda
Today you will envy the blessings of another, or you will bask in the wonder of the amazing grace you have been given.
Paul David Tripp
My younger sister’s a comedian. She has a sketch comedy group in Chicago called Schadenfreude and I look at her with such admiration and envy because it’s such an amazing thing to make someone laugh.
Brian d’Arcy James
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.
I sometimes think that I think too much. Sometimes I envy the ignorant. I envy people who can just turn it off and be blissful and not care. But that isn’t me. I just have never found a way.
Rush Limbaugh
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
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
…she wasn’t reading Deathly Hallows at all. Her book wasn’t orange but rose and water and sand, and featured a kid on a broomstick and white unicorn. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She didn’t notice me staring at her. ‘Oh, I envy you,’ I thought, but was smiling for her. She had just begun.
Melissa Anelli
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
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
If envy was not such a tearing thing to feel it would be the most comic of sins. It is usually, if not always, based on a complete misunderstanding of another person’s situation.
Monica Furlong
Newton found that a star, examined through a glass tarnished by smoke, was diminished into a speck of light. But no smoke ever breathed so thick a mist as envy or detraction.
Robert Aris Willmott
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
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
We study biology, physics, movements of glaciers… Where are the classes on envy, feeling wronged, despair, bitterness.
Alain de Botton
I’ve always had rock star envy. Unfortunately, writing is a pedestrian, tame occupation done while sitting in coffee-stained pajamas in front of a computer rather than prowling around a huge stage in sweaty leather pants, so I have to get my kicks vicariously.
Kate Christensen
Skating takes up 70 percent of my time, school about 25 percent. Having fun and talking to my friends, 5 percent. It’s hard. I envy other kids a lot of things, but I get a guilt trip when I’m not training.
Michelle Kwan
For years I looked at the Iranians with envy – not at the outcome of their 1979 revolution, but because it was a popular uprising, not a euphemism for a coup.
Mona Eltahawy
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
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
One thing I really envy about my friends who have kids is that as their children develop, they’re able to revisit their own developmental stages and recognise themselves and undo a lot of things they decided.
Chuck Palahniuk
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
Envy derives from insecurity.
Igor Babailov
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
Don’t envy someone else’s gift. Discover your own.
Tavis Smiley
Envy is the deformed and distorted offspring of egotism; and when we reflect on the strange and disproportioned character of the parent, we cannot wonder at the perversity and waywardness of the child.
William Hazlitt
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
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
I don’t envy people with long hair. So, I’m glad mine is gone.
Baron Corbin
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
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
Loyal? As loyal as anyone who plays second fiddle ever is.
Willa Cather
I envy no man that knows more than myself, but pity them that know less.
Thomas Browne
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
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
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
W. Somerset Maugham
Every time you envy someone you use a muscle in your face to disadvantage. If you do it only once or twice, it can be erased. But over a period of years, those muscles will tighten your mouth, narrow your eyes, and help destroy your attractiveness.
Arlene Dahl
I don’t believe that there is a human creature in his senses, arrived to maturity, that at some time or other has not been carried away by this passion (sc. envy) in good earnest; yet I never met with any one who dared own he was guilty of it but in jest.
Bernard de Mandeville
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
I tell you what I envy about people in love – I’d love it if someone knew me I mean really knew me. What I like what I’m afraid of what kind of toothpaste I use.” – Rose Morgan
Barbra Streisand
Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.
Charles Bukowski
He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
The tyranny imposed on the soul by anger, or fear, or lust, or pain, or envy, or desire, I generally call ‘injustice.’
Envy is when you resent God’s goodness in other people’s lives and ignore God’s goodness in your own life.
Craig Groeschel
A person worth envying is a person who doesn’t envy
Boonaa Mohammed
Quiet and incredible. I really envy that.
Sarah Dessen
And on that evening when we grow older still we’ll speak about these two young men as though they were two strangers we met on the train and whom we admire and want to help along. And we’ll want to call it envy, because to call it regret would break our hearts.
AndrГ© Aciman
The world of empirical morality consists for the most part of nothing but ill will and envy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
Abraham Cahan
Emulation embalms the dead; envy, the vampire, blasts the living.
Henry Fuseli
Grief and disappointment give rise to anger, anger to envy, envy to malice, and malice to grief again, till the whole circle be completed.
David Hume
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
Despite some struggles of our own, America’s business and economic system remains the envy of much of the world.
John S. Watson
In short, virtue cannot live where envy reigns, nor liberality subsist with niggardliness.
Miguel de Cervantes
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
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
There are many things in life more worthwhile than money. One is to be brought up in this our England which is still the envy of less happy lands.
Alfred Denning, Baron Denning
Economists suffer from a deep psychological disorder that I call ‘physics envy’. We wish that 99 percent of economic behavior could be captured by three simple laws of nature. In fact, economists have 99 laws that capture 3 percent of behavior. Economics is a uniquely human endeavor.
Andrew Lo
DJ Envy’s definitely talk about me, but I’m one of many. I was under the assumption that he had kids but wasn’t actually married. I found out around the time that I started filming ‘Love & Hip Hop.’ After I found out, I was still in shock because we were together for so long.
Erica Mena
People may go on talking for ever of the jealousies of pretty women; but for real genuine, hard-working envy, there is nothing like an ugly woman with a taste for admiration.
Emily Eden
Beware of feedback from friends whose judgments could be tainted by feelings of envy or the need to flatter.
Curtis Jackson
Envy is not to be conquered but by death.
Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.
George Bernard Shaw
When is enough enough? In envy’s eyes, enough never is. Somebody else always has something we want.
Nancy Friday
That incessant envy wherewith the common rate of mankind pursues all superior natures to their own.
Jonathan Swift
As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
Envy is human nature.
Monica Bellucci
There can be little doubt that many egalitarians are motivated at least partly by envy.
Henry Hazlitt
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
In reading Ameen Rihani… I seem to have become absorbed to the point of forgetting my prejudice… and my envy of Mr. Rihani because he was permitted to enter many remote parts of Arabia which were barred to others.
William Seabrook
Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.
Mark Twain
The French have a new president, the British will soon have a new P.M., and we envy them as we endure the endless wait for this small dim man to go back to Texas and resume his life.
Garrison Keillor
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
You have been overcome; and whether you are overcome by envy or by a so-called noble influence, you are still a slave, you are not free.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
If envy is red and doubt is black then happiness is brown. I looked from the little brown stone to the tiny brown freckle to her huge brown eyes.
Annabel Pitcher
If one steps out on a starry night and observes one’s inner state, one asks if one could hate or be overwhelmed by envy or resentment. … Is it not true that no man or woman has ever committed a crime while in a state of wonder?
Jacob Needleman
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
What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness; I have nobody to forgive me.
Marghanita Laski
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
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
Class envy is dangerous.
Jack Abramoff
Envy has always hidden behind moral indignation.
Doris Lessing
Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change.
Gretchen Rubin
Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy and anxiety is not hope, it’s not change, it’s partisanship. We don’t need partisanship. We don’t need demagoguery, we need solutions.
Paul Ryan
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
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
I like to walk, touch living Mother Earth—bare feet best, and thrill every step. Used to envy happy reptiles that had advantage of so much body in contact with earth, bosom to bosom. [We] live with our heels as well as head and most of our pleasure comes in that way.
John Muir
Envy is one of the scorpions of the mind, often having little to do with the objective, external world.
Bonnie Friedman
Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
Henry Fielding
Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
Jean Vanier
The living will envy the dead.
Nikita Khrushchev
This getting old is something. I think I envy my dog, because my dog is sixteen, and she’s limping, and she’s still living, but she doesn’t look at me like she knows. She’s not thinking what I’m thinking. It’s a cruel trick that we all know the ending.
Albert Brooks
I never envy the guys who get attention for partying too much or behaving badly.
Thomas Gibson
Nothing gives small minds a better handle for hatred than superiority.
Marie Corelli
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 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
I envy the dead.
William Mulholland
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
Envy is ignorance, Imitation is Suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There, pride, avarice, and envy are the tongues men know and heed, a Babel of depsair
Dante Alighieri
The spectator-buyer is meant to envy herself as she will become if she buys the product. She is meant to imagine herself transformed by the product into an object of envy for others, an envy which will then justify her loving herself.
John Berger
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
Nothing can allay the rage of biting envy.
Claudius Claudianus
I envy that man who passes through life safely, to the world and fame unknown.
Epicurus had rage and envy of Plato’s superior style.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Envy is destroyed by true friendship, as coquetry by true love.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The politics of envy is the politics of this commandment: “Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote.” It is the politics of two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Gary North
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Envy’s a sharper spur than pay.
John Gay
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
Do not envy those who seem to be naturally gifted; it is often a curse, as such types rarely learn the value of diligence and focus, and they pay for this later in life.
Robert Greene
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
Part of the reason people abroad resent the United States is something Americans can do very little about: envy. The richest, most powerful country in the world attracts the jealousy of others in much the same way that the richest, most powerful man in a small town attracts the jealousy of others.
Mohsin Hamid
[Providences] often puzzle and entangle our thoughts, but bring them to the Word, and your duty will be quickly manifested. “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, then understood I their end” (Ps. 73:17). And not only their end, but his own duty, to be quiet in an afflicted condition and not envy their prosperity.
John Flavel
The highest summits and those elevated above the level of other things are mostly blasted by envy as by a thunderbolt.
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
In the affairs of this world, poverty alone is without envy.
Giovanni Boccaccio
I envy people with dreams and passions, but I don’t think that way. I still don’t have a ‘bliss’ to follow. For people like me – I suspect that’s most people – holding out for a ‘dream’ or a ‘passion’ is paralyzing. I just like having work I enjoy that feels meaningful. That’s hard enough… but it’s enough.
Jane Pauley
Envy and jealousy are very harmful because you are never ever satisfied with what you have and you never reflect on what you have. You constantly live your life on what you do not have.
Tsem Tulku
Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: “Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
We love much better those who endeavor to imitate us, than those who strive to equal us. For imitation is a sign of esteem, but competition of envy.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Certainly, envy is no monopoly of the poor; it makes itself felt in all sections of society; it haunts the court, the library, the barrack-room, even the sanctuary; it is provoked in some unhappy souls by the near neighbourhood of any superior rank or excellence whatever.
Henry Parry Liddon
A lot of people don’t understand how a lot of money is being made. There’s a combination of fear related to that, envy, distrust that gets filtered into that.
Anthony Scaramucci
Although our “gentle air” cannot improve the way hate and envy look, it does seem not to encourage firmness and decision. All is compromise; caution and refinement are everywhere. Everything has to “make a good impression” – whether or not it is any good: the impression is the main thing.
Arnold Schoenberg
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
Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow, proves the substance true.
Alexander Pope
When people unfortunately use religion to facilitate their envy, arrogance and hate, communalism surfaces.
Radhanath Swami
Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion.
John Berger
I never quite understood these actors – though I envy them sometimes – who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left.
Sylvester Stallone
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
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
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
Praise is a debt we owe unto the virtue of others, and due unto our own from all whom malice hath not made mutes, or envy struck dumb.
Thomas Browne
We envy people we love for being always in their own loved company.
Nan Fairbrother
The United States transportation system is the envy of the world.
Jerry Costello
The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.
William Penn
Franchement, quand je survole certains pays europГ©ens (les Г©oliennes) ne donne pas envie. (Frankly, when I fly over some European countries, their turbines don’t fill me with envy.)
Nicolas Sarkozy
Envy, like the worm, is always attracted to the fairest apple
Og Mandino
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
I envy the happiness of others… I envy the sense of belonging… I seem always to be remaking myself.
Richard Eyre
Envy not greatness: for thou mak’st thereby Thyself the worse, and so the distance greater.
George Herbert
People may show jealousy, but hide their envy.
Mason Cooley
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
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 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
Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven.
Ephrem the Syrian
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.
Above all, believe it, the sweetest canticle is Nunc dimittis, when a man hath obtained worthy ends and expectations. Death hath this also, that it openeth the gate to good fame, and extinguisheth envy.
Francis Bacon
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 envy people that have separate lives – that their job is one thing, their personal life is another. I’ve never been able to have that going on for me. I always try and keep some distance. I mean you can never give everything, so there is some distance, but it’s pretty raw on some levels.
Slater Bradley
Don’t abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
E. W. Howe
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 is more incapable of reconciliation than hatred is.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
It is sufficient for you that the one who envies you is distressed at the time of your joy.
Uthman ibn Affan
Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because associated with the sweetest.
Alfred Richard Orage
Around the child bend all the threeSweet Graces: Faith, Hope, Charity.Around the man bend other faces;Pride, Envy, Malice, are his Graces.
Walter Savage Landor
Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases.
Robert Kraft
Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
Eleanor Roosevelt
There are as many mediocrities exalted through pity as masters decried through envy.
Honore de Balzac
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
Gore Vidal
If the crow had been satisfied to eat his prey in silence, he would have had more meat and less quarreling and envy.
All the vices, Sancho, bring some kind of pleasure with them; but envy brings nothing but irritation, bitterness, and rage.
Miguel de Cervantes
I rather envy writers who do variations on a theme. I like reading those books, but in practice, I can’t do it.
John Lanchester
Jealousy is the fire of envy that seeks to destroy another’s beauty, rather than to create its own.
Wes Fesler
Envy nobody. It is the true secret of happiness, or at least the only one I know. (By Moonlight)
Peter S. Beagle
In Britain, any degree of success is met with envy and resentment.
Christopher Lee
Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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
Benign envy can sound a lot like admiration. The difference is that, while admiration feels good, envy is painful.
Maria Konnikova
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
Elbert Hubbard
When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many.
Julius Erving
A man comes to measure his greatness by the regrets, envies and hatreds of his competitors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
There is a lot of envy, there is a lot of flak that we as children of the industry get for what we may have achieved or not achieved. We’re under constant surveillance.
Akshaye Khanna
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
It is the nature of the unfortunate to be spiteful, and to envy those who are well to do.
It stirs up envy, fame does.
Marilyn Monroe
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
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
If every man’s internal care Were written on his brow, How many would our pity share Who raise our envy now?
Pietro Metastasio
We need criminals to identify ourselves with, to secretly envy and to stoutly punish. They do for us the forbidden, illegal things we wish to do.
Karl A. Menninger
Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators, save only he,Did that they did in envy of Caesar;He only, in a general honest thoughtAnd common good to all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elementsSo mixd in him that Nature might stand upAnd say to all the world, This was a man!
William Shakespeare
Yet we always envy others, comparing our shadows to their sunlit sides.
Margaret George
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
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 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
Since the primitive times, the wealth of the popes was exposed to envy, their powers to opposition, and their persons to violence.
Edward Gibbon
We have more experience of movement and more capacity for it than of feeling and thought… We know much more about movement than we do about anger, love, envy or even thought. It is relatively easy to learn to recognize the quality of movement than the quality of other factors.
Moshe Feldenkrais
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
I don’t envy anybody else’s career because I feel they’ve earned where they’re at and worked hard. I wouldn’t mind Jack White’s gig, though. He does it all!
Brian Fallon
I’m not confident around compliments or being celebrated, and I’m not comfortable with the thought of envy, which some people thrive on.
Rachel Weisz
The vision of the left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom – whether black or white – who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and behavior.
Thomas Sowell
The best way to avoid envy is to deserve the success you get.
In snowboarding, I’ve always looked at really strong competitors through a lens of gratitude rather than envy in the sense that the better my competition is, the more it forces me to work hard, focus, and be better myself if I want to succeed, which I do.
Amy Purdy
What cowardice it is to be dismayed by the happiness of others and devastated by there good fortune.
Baron de Montesquieu
Envy ought to have no place allowed it in the hearts of people; for the goods of this present world are so vile and low that they are beneath it; and those of the future world are so vast and exalted that they are above it.
Charles Caleb Colton
The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.
Criss Jami
Generally, I’m terrified of shopping. I like the idea of being well-dressed, but I’ve always struggled to get anything that fits. I envy those that go into old vintage shops.
Stephen Merchant
Where envy reigns virtue can’t exist, and generosity doesn’t go with meanness.
Miguel de Cervantes
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
Envy is the coward side of Hate, And all her ways are bleak and desolate.
Charles Caleb Colton
There is no love;
There are only the various envies, all of them sad.
W. H. Auden
Envy is the consuming desire to have everybody else as unsuccessful as you are.
Frederick Buechner
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
Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness?
Yevgeny Zamyatin
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
A jealous man is very quick in his application: he knows how to find a double edge in an invective, and to draw a satire on himself out of a panegyrick on another.
Joseph Addison
I do not envy people who think they have a complete explanation of the world, for the simple reason that they are obviously wrong.
Salman Rushdie
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
The destructive fixation of the envious English-Canadian mind requires that the highest, happiest most agile flyers be laid low. [It is] a sadistic desire corroded by soul-destroying envy, to intimidate all those who might aspire to anything the slightest exceptional.
Conrad Black
They say that love and tears are learned without any master; and I may say that there is no great need of studying at the court to learn envy and revenge.
Nicolas Caussin
Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks.
Capitalism is the system that has enabled greatness and made America the envy of the world.
Trish Regan
I’d the upbringing a nun would envy. Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body.
Joe Orton
I envy drummers. It must be the ultimate to sing and play drums at the same time. Phil Collins, no wonder he’s so f… happy.
Noel Gallagher
I love a massage and a bath. I don’t drink – I’ll have a sip, but I’ve never been drunk – and I don’t smoke. I envy people who have those releases. They just have a drink or a cigarette, and they feel better. I have to brave it through the whole day on my own.
Jennifer Lopez
I don’t envy my teachers. I used to preach to them.
Tzipi Livni
Even in those cities which seem to enjoy the blessings of peace, and where the arts florish, the inhabitants are devoured by envy, cares and anxieties, which are greater plagues than any expirienced in a town when it is under siege.
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
He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.
Mark Twain
The greed and envy of the nonproducer is insatiable, so that eventually nothing short of 100% taxation will appease him.
Robert Ringer
By common consent, gray hairs are a crown of glory: the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
George Bancroft
Oppressed cultures often envy those which are not, or oppressed individuals do, and sometimes those which – and who – are not envy those which – who – are.
Gerald Stern
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
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
When you make your mark in the world, watch out for the envious with erasers.
Evan Esar
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Benjamin Franklin
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
Our envy of others devours us most of all.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession.
William Hogarth
Ill-humor is nothing more than an inward feeling of our own want of merit, a dissatisfaction with ourselves which is always united with an envy that foolish vanity excites.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Apple’s iTunes program was once the envy of the world. A combined digital music store and player, it could also sync your iPod. And it worked on both Mac and Windows. It was reasonably fast and very sure-footed.
Walt Mossberg
It is usually the case with most men that their nature is so constituted that they pity those who fare badly and envy those who fare well.
Baruch Spinoza
We must seek ways to solve difficulties such as hatred, envy and jealousy.
Sathya Sai Baba
For repeating themselves from the first kiss to the last sigh, the average man’s love affairs have History blushing with envy.
Helen Rowland
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 bestrides praise.
America has everything most countries envy. A Constitution which is the treasure of mankind, a strong military, natural resources of every kind. Above all, as Tocqueville said, a good people, which is what makes us great.
John F. Kerry
You always envy someone else’s life and, as a woman, you’re always comparing your life to someone else’s life.
Anna Camp
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
The most destructive criticism is indifference.
E. W. Howe
Any designer believes his gun is the best, and when its test performance is a bit less impressive compared to others, he feels bitterness and envy.
Mikhail Kalashnikov
In a lot of ways, I envy someone like Omar Sharif who lived in a hotel for decades.
Viggo Mortensen
Goe and catche a falling starre, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me, where all past yeares are, Or who cleft the Divel’s foot. Teach me to hear Mermaides’ singing, Or to keep of envies stinging, And finde What winde Serves to advance an honest minde.
John Donne
Envy of the male role can come as much from an undervaluation of the role of wife and mother as from an overvaluation of the public aspects of achievement that have been reserved for men.
Margaret Mead
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
Great writing fills me with hopeful enthusiasm and never envy.
Hisham Matar
There’s only few people who have strength to honor someone’s achievement without envy.
I really envy, in some respects, some of the people of faith I’ve known – A.J.[Muste], for example.
Nat Hentoff
Envy is like a fly that passes all the body’s sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.
Arthur Chapman
Sometimes I envy religious people for the comfort of believing. It would make everything so much easier.
Peter Cameron
For envy, like lightning, generally strikes at the top Or any point which sticks out from the ordinary level. LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura Our envy always outlives the felicity of its object.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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
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
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
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
Does it feel good to stand on my stage with 500-pound tigers and everybody envy you? Absolutely.
Joe Exotic
The Sicilian tyrants never devised a greater punishment than envy.
There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
Erich Fromm
Greed has replaced religion as the national religion, and with greed comes envy.
Wesley Pruden
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
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
Make an enemy of jealousy and envy. As fast and soon as you can…. The art world is high school with money.
Jerry Saltz
Silicon Valley’s long-running track record of creating globally disruptive startups is the envy of the world.
Jay Samit
Wherever I find envy I take a pleasure in provoking it: I always praise before an envious man those who make him grow pale.
Baron de Montesquieu
When you make it a strong habit not to take anything personally, you avoid many upsets in your life. Your anger, jealousy, and envy will disappear, and even your sadness will simply disappear if you don’t take things personally.
Miguel Angel Ruiz
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.
Envy and jealousy stem from the fundamental inability to rejoice at someone else’s happiness or success
Matthieu Ricard
He will be loved when dead, who was envied when he was living.
It is the free spirited men and women that we most admire and often envy – those individuals who dare to be themselves.
Kevyn Aucoin
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
The funny thing about insane people is that it is kind of the opposite of being a celebrity. Nobody envies you.
Robert M. Pirsig
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
Envy, slothful vice,
Never makes its way in lofty characters,
But, like the skulking viper, creeps and crawls
Close to the ground.