Envy Quotes

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.


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

Jeremy Collier

Those who raise envy will easily incur censure.

Charles Churchill

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

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

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
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