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

Fran┴ois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Arthur Chapman

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing sharpens sight like envy

Thomas Fuller

Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow, proves the substance true.

Alexander Pope

Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer.


Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks. Author:


Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead.


Envy! eldest-born of hell!

Charles Jennens of Gopsall

With that malignant envy which turns pale, And sickens, even if a friend prevail.

Charles Churchill

I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.


Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


Bless the upward hearts who find all war, all envy, and all regret to be unacceptable, especially inside themselves.

Laura Teresa Marquez

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.

Saint John Chrysostom

Sympathy one receives for nothing, envy must be earned.

Robert Lembke

Envy is blind, and she has no other quality than that of detracting from virtue

Titus Livy

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

Arthur Chapman

Envy is an insult to oneself.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead

Mark Twain

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

Oscar Levant

Envy eats nothing but its own heart

German Proverb

Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.

Bertrand Russell

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
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