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Positive Quotes about Envy

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb

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

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

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)

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

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

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

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

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

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

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

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

Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ,
I commit the sin of envy.
- Simone Weil

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

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

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

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

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

I have never been given to envy - save for the envy
I feel toward those people who have the ability to
make a marriage work and endure happily.
- Paul Getty

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy.
Never underestimate that.
- Oliver Stone

Envy is human nature.
- Monica Bellucci

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

Large parties given to very young children...
foster the passions of vanity and envy,
and produce a love of dress and display which is very
repulsive in the character of a child.
- Susanna Moodie

Loyalty will not permit envy, hate, and uncharitableness
to creep into our public thinking.
- Bainbridge Colby

I think a lot of people in television news look at
the cable networks with great envy.
- Chris Wallace

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
- Thornton Wilder

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day;
the reason is that people can commend it without envy.
- William Shenstone

Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career
woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.
- Helen Gurley Brown

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

Above all, you must fight conceit, envy,
and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
- Abraham Cahan

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

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

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
- Heraclitus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason,
although we know how it must turn out at last.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes.
We should not be ashamed of that.
On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world
and should be a source of pride.
- Arthur C. Brooks

It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious,
especially those who envy you.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one;
and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
- George Byron

To walk behind others on a road you are traveling together,
to give precedence to others without envy -
this is painful for an individual and painful for a nation.
- Gustav Stresemann

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

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

Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being
a common and widespread emotion.
- John Berger

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

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

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

In recompense, envy may be the subtlest -
perhaps I should say the most insidious -
of the seven deadly sins.
- Joseph Epstein


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