Envy Quotes

Most popular envy quotes

There is nothing more counterproductive than envy. Someone in the world will always be better than you. Of all the sins, envy is easily the worst, because you can't even have any fun with it. It's a total net loss.
It takes some humanity to feel sympathy for those less fortunate than us; but it takes honor to avoid envying those who are much luckier.
Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's, I mean.

cynical human nature

He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

inner peace

Envy is admission of inferiority.
Envy, like thirst for revenge, is the wicked person's version of our natural sense of injustice.

injustice revenge

Envy is ignorance.


How Envy dogs success.
Envy is a kind of praise.
Envy, like flame, soars upward.
Nothing sharpens sight like envy.
A show of envy is an insult to oneself.
Congratulation, n. The civility of envy.
An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.
Envy shooteth at others and woundeth herself.


Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along.
People may show jealousy, but hide their envy.


Hatred is a prolific vice; envy, a barren vice.


It's not greed that drives the world, but envy.


Envy has always hidden behind moral indignation.
If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill.
— Danish proverb

Danish proverbs proverbs

Envy, n.  Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity.
As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
Envy is the gasoline on which a competitive society runs.
The vulgar bark at men of mark, as dogs bark at strangers.
Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.


Envy is as persistent as memory, as intractable as a head cold.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
Envy, the meanest of vices, creeps on the ground like a serpent.
A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.


Some folk are always thirsting for water from other people's wells.
Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.


Base envy withers at another's joy,
And hates that excellence it cannot reach.
Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth.


Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner.
As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
If one has a cow, it is always better not to be too familiar with those who have seven.
Few men have the strength of character to rejoice in a friend's success without a touch of envy.
Envy is one of the scorpions of the mind, often having little to do with the objective, external world.
Anger is a violent act, envy a constant habit—no one can be always angry, but he may be always envious.
I'd never try to learn from someone I didn't envy at least a little. If I never envied, I'd never learn.


When all men praised the peacock for his tail, the birds cried out, "Look at his legs!  And what a voice!"
— Japanese proverb

Japanese proverbs proverbs

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

inner peace

To envy is to draw circles that isolate us from others, to take small, bitter trips that diminish the traveler.
Envy is impossible to conceal. It manipulates you; like squid ink on your nose, visible to others but not to you.
I am Envy, begotten of a chimneysweeper and an oysterwife.  I cannot read, and therefore wish all books were burnt.
In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.
In imaginative envy, we idealize what we don't have. The act of yearning for something transmutes it from base metal into gold.
I am so old that I can remember when other people's achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance.
We often pride ourselves on even the most criminal passions, 
but envy is a timid and shame-faced passion we never dare acknowledge.
Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded.
Even in envy may be discerned something of an instinct of justice, something of a wish to see universal fair-play, and things on a level.


We are told to walk noiselessly through the world, that we may waken neither hatred nor envy; but, alas! What can we do when they never sleep!


It is never wise to seek or wish for another's misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.
You're squandering
spleen on your brothers,
and wasting
good self-pity too,
if you think
that there's sun on the others
whenever it's raining on you.


Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another's prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.
Of the seven deadly sins, envy is the silliest, because if you have it, you don't feel better. You feel worse. I've had some good times with gluttony. We won't get into lust.

funny morals sin

I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind.