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He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


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


Antisthenes (388-311 BC, Greek dramatist)


None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


The envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.


Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682, British author, physician, philosopher)


I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Envy and fear are the only passions to which no pleasure is attached.


John Churton Collins


A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Nothing sharpens sight like envy.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Envy is a kind of praise.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


Envy is a kind of praise.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


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


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Helpless, unknown, and unremembered, most human beings, however sensitive, idealistic, intelligent, go through life as passengers rather than chauffeurs. Although we may pretend that it is the chauffeur who is the social inferior, most of us, like Toad of Toad Hall, would not mind a turn at the wheel ourselves.


Ralph Harper


Envy, among other ingredients, has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good fortune.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.


Herodotus (BC 484-425, Greek historian)


All the world is competent to judge my pictures except those who are of my profession.


William Hogarth (1697-1764, British painter, engraver)


He will be loved when dead, who was envied when he was living.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of one's fellow man.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Envy is honor's foe.




Envy aims very high.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Envy eats nothing, but its own heart.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Oh God. Don't envy me. I have my own pains.


Barbara Streisand (1942-, American singer, actress, director)


Envy and wrath shorten the life.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


They that envy others are their inferiors.


Author Unknown


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


Jean Vanier


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


Gore Vidal (1925-, American novelist, critic)


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