Under the dominion of the priests our earth became the ascetic planet; a squalid den careering through space, peopled by discontented and arrogant creatures, who were disgusted with life, abhorred their globe as a vale of tears, and who in their envy and hatred of beauty and joy did themselves as much harm as possible.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

Even after making up one's mind to the sacrifices I had decided upon, there is always left a trace of envy for those who have triumphed in the melancholy struggle for literary supremacy.

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love.

Thomas C. Haliburton

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

Lope de Vega

Envy destroys good deeds

al-Hadi, Ali

Then, there's the modern mother-in-law. In her mid 40s, she is the compact car of her breed: efficient, trim, attractive and in harmony with her times. She's pretty stiff competition for the plain young matron who's overweight and under-financed. If there is going to be friction in this relationship, it could start from envy and resentment in the younger woman. But Father Time is on her side, even if Mother Nature played her a dirty trick

Abigail Van Buren

Want oú 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.


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

William Shakespeare

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

All envy is proportionate to desire.

Samuel Johnson
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