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Envy Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Envy.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Keep your attention focused entirely
on what is truly your own concern,
and be clear that what belongs to others
is their business and none of yours.
- Epictetus

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb

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

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

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

Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is
the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where
they want when they want.
They have the kind of mobility many people envy.
- Roger Tory Peterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only fools live in the past or carry envy to the present.
- Chi Chi Rodriguez

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

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

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
- Joseph Epstein

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

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led,
they damn those authors whom they never read.
- Charles Churchill

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

When men are full of envy they disparage everything,
whether it be good or bad.
- Tacitus

Envy is never general, but always very particular -
at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
- Joseph Epstein

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

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one;
and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
- George Byron

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

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

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
- Heraclitus

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us -
avarice,
ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished,
we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
- Petrarch

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

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

They envy the distinction I have won;
let them therefore,
envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
- Sallust

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

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

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

Envy's a coal comes hissing hot from Hell.
- Philip James Bailey

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

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

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

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
- Jim Rohn

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

Loyalty will not permit envy, hate, and uncharitableness
to creep into our public thinking.
- Bainbridge Colby

To walk behind others on a road you are traveling together,
to give precedence to others without envy -
this is painful for an individual and painful for a nation.
- Gustav Stresemann

Envy, 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

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

Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ,
I commit the sin of envy.
- Simone Weil

I'd the upbringing a nun would envy.
Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body.
- Joe Orton

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books,
I live without envy.
- Lope de Vega

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

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy,
for contempt too high.
- Abraham Cowley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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