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Envy Quotes
Inspirational Quotes about Envy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

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

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

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes.
We should not be ashamed of that.
On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world
and should be a source of pride.
- Arthur C. Brooks

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

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

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

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

Envy is like a fly that passes all the body's sounder parts,
and dwells upon the sores.
- Arthur Chapman

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the
harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we
let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

A person is born with feelings of envy and hate.
If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime,
and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.
- Xun Zi

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

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

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

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

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

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit;
like a cunning bloodhound,
it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.
- Francis Beaumont

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

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

Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral,
48% indignation, and 50% envy.
- Vittorio De Sica

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

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

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory;
the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
- George Bancroft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Large parties given to very young children...
foster the passions of vanity and envy,
and produce a love of dress and display which is very
repulsive in the character of a child.
- Susanna Moodie

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


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