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Motivational Envy Quotes

May these quotes about Envy inspire and motivate you.

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


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

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

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

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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

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

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

Envy breeds hate.
- Yiddish Proverb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When men are full of envy they disparage everything,
whether it be good or bad.
- Tacitus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the greatest things drama can do,
at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love,
home, family, loyalty and envy.
Tragedy need not be a downer.
- Ben Kingsley

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

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

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

Envy aims very high.
- Ovid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The United States transportation system is the envy of the world.
- Jerry Costello

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

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

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

Envy is human nature.
- Monica Bellucci

Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe
in the hereafter? Of course I do.
I might add, perhaps even a touch of envy too,
because of the solace.
- Studs Terkel

Envy is an insult to oneself.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

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