ENVY QUOTES Quotes

Envy has the ugliness of a trapped rat that has gnawed its own foot in its effort to escape.

Angus Wilson

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

Susan Sontag

Capitalism is founded on greed and envy

Charles Long

Envy is the basis of Democracy

Bertrand Russell

Pride is seldom delicate, it will please itself with very mean advantages; and envy feels not its own happiness, but when it may be compared with the misery of others

Samuel Johnson

Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point - that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative - self-value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it's a mistake or luck. Take your eyes off others and turn the scanner within. Find the seeds of your jealousy, clear the old voices and experiences. Put all the energy into building your personal and emotional security. Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them.

Jennifer James

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

Simone Weil

Great honours are great burdens, but on whom They are cast with envy, he doth bear two loads. His cares must still be double to his joys, In any dignity.

Ben Jonson

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

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

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Keep yourselves far from envy; it eateth up and taketh away good actions, like as fire eateth up and burneth wood

Muhammad

There is much less envy of the rich by the poor than there is of the happy by the unhappy; by those who believe by those who don’t believe.

Dennis Prager

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

Dante Alighieri

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

Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend's success without envy.

Aeschylus

If the crow had been satisfied to eat his prey in silence, he would have had more meat and less quarreling and envy.

Horace, Epistles

The world of empirical morality consists for the most part of nothing but ill will and envy.

Goethe

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

Elbert Hubbard

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

Aeschylus

In the race of men is much greed and envy; but of truth, little.

Lloyd Chudley Alexander

The best means by which a slave seeks proximity to God after recognising Him, is praying, benevolence to the parents, and abandonment of envy, self-conceit and vaunting.

Musa al-Kadhim

These golden matters Of Gyges and his treasuries Are no concern of mine. Jealousy has no power over me, Nor do I envy a god his work, And I do not burn to rule. Such things have no Fascination for my eyes.

Archilochus

Pride, Envy, and Avarice are the three sparks that have set these hearts on fire.

Durante degli Alighieri

I was saying these things and weeping in the most bitter contrition of my heart, when suddenly I heard the voice of a boy or a girl I know not which--coming from the neighboring house, chanting over and over again, "Take up and read; take up and read." Immediately I ceased weeping and began most earnestly to think whether it was usual for children in some kind of game to sing such a song, but I could not remember ever having heard the like. So, damming the torrent of my tears, I got to my feet, for I could not but think that this was a divine command to open the Bible and read the first passage I should light upon. For I had heard how Anthony, accidentally coming into church while the gospel was being read, received the admonition as if what was read had been addressed to him: "Go and sell what you have and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me" (Matt. 19:21). By such an oracle he was forthwith converted to thee. So I quickly returned to the bench where Alypius was sitting, for there I had put down the apostles book when I had left there. I snatched it up, opened it, and in silence read the paragraph on which my eyes first fell: "Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Rom. 13:13). I wanted to read no further, nor did I need to. For instantly, as the sentence ended, there was infused in my heart something like the light of full certainty and all the gloom of doubt vanished away.

St. Augustine of Hippo
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