Envy Quotes

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.


Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I envy animals for two things - their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them.


With that malignant envy which turns pale, And sickens, even if a friend prevail.

Charles Churchill

Envy! eldest-born of hell!

Charles Jennens of Gopsall

No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.

Titus Livy

Envy feeds on the living. It ceases when they are dead.


Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks. Author:


Envy depreciates the genius of the great Homer.


Envy will merit as its shade pursue, But like a shadow, proves the substance true.

Alexander Pope

Nothing sharpens sight like envy

Thomas Fuller

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Arthur Chapman

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

Fulton J. Sheen

Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

Gore Vidal

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

Fran┴ois de La Rochefoucauld

It was well said that envy keeps no holidays.

Francis Bacon

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

Honore de Balzac

Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor will feel a pleasure in the reverse; and those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues are happy if others can be depressed to a level with themselves.

John Marshall Barker

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

When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Those who raise envy will easily incur censure.

Charles Churchill

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

Jeremy Collier

Envy is the antagonist of the fortunate.


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