Envy Quotes

The envious man thinks that if his neighbor breaks a leg, he will be able to walk better himself

Helmut Schoeck

On the way there is no harder pass than this: fortunate is he who does not carry envy as a companion.

Mevlana Rumi

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.


The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.

Baltasar Gracian

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

Francis Bacon, Sr.

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

Saint John Chrysostom

Indeed envy is a defect; worse than any other.

Mevlana Rumi

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


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

Josh Billings

Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.

Ayn Rand

Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Honore de Balzac

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

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse; envy alone wants both. Other sins last but for awhile; the gut may be satisfied, anger remits, hatred hath an end, envy never ceaseth.

Robert Burton

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

Arthur Chapman
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