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Envy Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Envy are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Expectation Disappointment Greed

The flower which is single need not envy
the thorns that are numerous.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another,
but let him work diligently and build one for himself,
thus by example assuring that his own
shall be safe from violence when built.
- Abraham Lincoln

 

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

Keep your attention focused entirely
on what is truly your own concern,
and be clear that what belongs to others
is their business and none of yours.
- Epictetus

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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The Principal Causes of Our Suffering
are Our Expectations and Our Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

The jealous are troublesome to others,
but a torment to themselves.
- William Penn

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike;
there is but one step from envy to hate.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

Love looks through a telescope;
envy, through a microscope.
- Josh Billings

Small people never learn to be indifferent;
they either envy or pity.
- Anonymous

Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is
the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
It is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
- Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

Never trust anyone who wants what you've got.
Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.
- Eubie Blake

Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where
they want when they want.
They have the kind of mobility many people envy.
- Roger Tory Peterson

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms
an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
- Elbert Hubbard

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
- Joseph Epstein

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape,
it would be the shape of a boomerang.
- Charley Reese

Men know they are sexual exiles.
They wander the earth seeking satisfaction,
craving and despising, never content.
There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.
- Camille Paglia

Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral,
48% indignation, and 50% envy.
- Vittorio De Sica

Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set
on fire the hearts of all men.
- Dante Alighieri

Far less envy in America than in France,
and far less wit.
- Stendhal

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead,
but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
- Thomas Hobbes

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

Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
- Thomas Browne

They envy the distinction I have won;
let them therefore,
envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
- Sallust

Only fools live in the past or carry envy to the present.
- Chi Chi Rodriguez

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.
- Joseph Epstein

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us -
avarice,
ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished,
we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
- Petrarch

I defer to all these other American poets who,
for some reason, I both envy and admire.
- Charles Olson

God's truth judges created things out of love,
and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls,
emulation.
- Henry Fielding

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the
poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
- Horace

Envy aims very high.
- Ovid

We need criminals to identify ourselves with,
to secretly envy and to stoutly punish.
They do for us the forbidden, illegal things we wish to do.
- Karl A. Menninger

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books,
I live without envy.
- Lope de Vega

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit;
like a cunning bloodhound,
it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.
- Francis Beaumont

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Communism possesses a language which every people can understand -
its elements are hunger,
envy, and death.
- Heinrich Heine

Envy's a coal comes hissing hot from Hell.
- Philip James Bailey

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much
destructive feeling as moral indignation,
which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
- Erich Fromm

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind,
even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
- Emile M. Cioran

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.
- Jim Rohn

I'd the upbringing a nun would envy.
Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body.
- Joe Orton

I envy people who can just look at a sunset.
I wonder how you can shoot it.
There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.
- Dustin Hoffman

O!
what a Godlike Power is that of doing Good!
I envy the Rich and the Great for nothing else!
- Samuel Richardson

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.
- Susan Sontag

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

Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a
lamb under the influence of the evil eye.
- Jacopo Sannazaro

I do not envy the headache you will have when you awake.
In the meantime, dream of large women.
- Cary Elwes

I don't envy men and I certainly wouldn't like to become one now.
- Louise Brown

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory;
the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
- George Bancroft

I go about looking at horses and cattle.
They eat grass, make love, work when they have to,
bear their young.
I am sick with envy of them.
- Sherwood Anderson

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy,
for contempt too high.
- Abraham Cowley

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
- Harold Coffin

Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority:
envy our uneasiness under it.
- William Shenstone

Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.
- Titus Livius

I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.
- Oscar Levant

I envy the dead.
- William Mulholland

Envy is never general, but always very particular -
at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
- Joseph Epstein

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led,
they damn those authors whom they never read.
- Charles Churchill

On every movie I've done as a director,
I look at the producers and having done it,
I don't envy them, at all.
- Griffin Dunne

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the
harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we
let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko


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