Most popular envy quotes
It's not greed that drives the world, but envy.
Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.
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!
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.
Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's, I mean.
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.
Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along.
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
I'd never try to learn from someone I didn't envy at least a little. If I never envied, I'd never learn.
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.
In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.
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.
A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.
Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth.
In imaginative envy, we idealize what we don't have. The act of yearning for something transmutes it from base metal into gold.
Few men have the strength of character to rejoice in a friend's success without a touch of envy.
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.
Congratulation, n. The civility of envy.
Envy, n. Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity.
If one has a cow, it is always better not to be too familiar with those who have seven.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
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.
People may show jealousy, but hide their envy.
Hatred is a prolific vice; envy, a barren vice.
Envy is ignorance.
Envy is one of the scorpions of the mind, often having little to do with the objective, external world.
Envy shooteth at others and woundeth herself.
Nothing sharpens sight like envy.
Envy is a kind of praise.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
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.
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.
An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.
Envy is the gasoline on which a competitive society runs.
How Envy dogs success.
Envy has always hidden behind moral indignation.
We often pride ourselves on even the most criminal passions, but envy is a timid and shame-faced passion we never dare acknowledge.
Envy, like flame, soars upward.
I am Envy, begotten of a chimneysweeper and an oysterwife. I cannot read, and therefore wish all books were burnt.
Anger is a violent act, envy a constant habit—no one can be always angry, but he may be always envious.
Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner.
Envy, the meanest of vices, creeps on the ground like a serpent.
If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill.
When all men praised the peacock for his tail, the birds cried out, "Look at his legs! And what a voice!"
The vulgar bark at men of mark, as dogs bark at strangers.
Envy is as persistent as memory, as intractable as a head cold.
To envy is to draw circles that isolate us from others, to take small, bitter trips that diminish the traveler.
Base envy withers at another's joy, And hates that excellence it cannot reach.
Some folk are always thirsting for water from other people's wells.
A show of envy is an insult to oneself.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
I am so old that I can remember when other people's achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance.
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.
Envy, like thirst for revenge, is the wicked person's version of our natural sense of injustice.
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.
Envy is admission of inferiority.
Envy is impossible to conceal. It manipulates you; like squid ink on your nose, visible to others but not to you.