ENVY QUOTES Quotes

Want o˙ compassion is not to be numbered among the general faults of mankind. The black ingredient which fouls our disposition is envy. Hence our eyes, it is to be feared, are seldom turned up to those who are manifestly greater, better, wiser, or happier than ourselves, without some degree of malignity, we commonly look downward on the mean and miserable with sufficient benevolence and pity.

Henry Fielding

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

John Berger

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy

Ivan Illich

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

John Gay

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

Tacitus

No metal can--no, not the hangman's axe--bear half the keenness of thy sharp envy.

William Shakespeare

Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

All envy is proportionate to desire.

Samuel Johnson

All envy is proportionate to desire.

Samuel Johnson

There is but one man who can believe himself free from envy; and it is he who has never examined his own heart.

Claude Arien Helvetius

Envy is the antagonist of the fortunate.

Epictetus

Envy lies between two beings equal in nature though unequal in circumstances.

Jeremy Collier

Those who raise envy will easily incur censure.

Charles Churchill

Those who raise envy will easily incur censure.

Charles Churchill

When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock. Abraham's riches were the Philistines' envy; and Jacob's blessing bred Esau's hatred.

J. Beaumont

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole.

Honore de Balzac

It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.

Francis Bacon

It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.

Francis Bacon

Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

Fran┴ois de La Rochefoucauld
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