Envy Quotes

And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. The fool folds his hands and ruins himself. Better one hand with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.


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

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

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

Honore de Balzac

Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.

Josh Billings

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


Indeed envy is a defect; worse than any other.

Mevlana Rumi

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

Saint John Chrysostom

Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Envy is an insult to oneself.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Envy shoots at others and wounds itself

English Proverb

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

Harold Coffin

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


Silence is the safest response for all the contradiction that arises from impertinence, vulgarity, or envy.

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

Dorothy Parker
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