Envy Quotes

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

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

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.

FranÁois 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
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