Sunday, 23 September 2012


A weak mind is ambitious of envy, a strong one of respect. - E. Wigglesworth

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man. - Chrysostom

Certainly, envy is no monopoly of the poor; it makes itself felt in all sections of society; it haunts the court, the library, the barrack-room, even the sanctuary; it is provoked in some unhappy souls by the near neighbourhood of any superior rank or excellence whatever. - Henry Parry Liddon

Envy and jealousy, twin sisters, come with the cunning of the fox to steal away our peace and happiness. - Nicias Ballard Cooksey

Envy does not allow humanity to sleep. - Carl Jung

Envy does not enter an empty house. - Danish Proverb

Envy eats nothing but its own heart. - German Proverb

Envy generally admires and abhors out of proportion. - Edward Counsel

Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner. - Austin O’Malley

Envy is a kind of praise. - John Gay

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. - William Hazlitt

Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self-worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has. - Unknown

Envy is its own tormentor. - Andrada

Envy is not only an insult to oneself, it is also a waste of time. - Unknown

Envy is one of the great enemies of active spirituality. It keeps us from loving our neighbours, from functioning with others in community, and from affirming people’s unique worth. It also steals contentment from the heart. - Charles R. Swindoll

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

Envy is the coward side of Hate, and all her ways are bleak and desolate. - Henry Abbey

Envy is counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. - Unknown

Envy like fire always makes for the highest points. - Livy

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole. - Unknown

Envy never enriched any man. - Unknown

Envy nobody. It is the true secret of happiness, or at least the only one I know. - Peter S. Beagle

Envy ought in strict truth to have no place whatever allowed it in the heart of man; for the goods of this present world, are so vile and low, that they are beneath it; and those of the future world, are so vast and exalted, that they are above it. - Charles Caleb Colton

Envy was a treasure-hoarding dragon, dainty and diabolical. - Holly Cupala

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, like a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form. - Norman MacDonald

Envy’s a coal comes hissing hot from hell. - Philip James Bailey

Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy. - Aeschylus

Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns too soon to hatred. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who envies me, makes my virtue his vice, and my happiness his torment. - H. Hooker

He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. - The Buddha

If envy is rankling in your bosom, declare war against it at once; a war of extermination; no truce, no treaty, no compromise. Like the pirate on the high seas, it is an outlaw, an enemy to all mankind, and should be hung up at the yard arm until it is dead. - Levi Carroll Judson

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

In particular, it is absurd to hope to banish envy of other people's possessions or fortunes, if only because the spirit of envy can lead to emulation and ambition and have positive consequences. - Christopher Hitchens

In the sea of malice envy frequently gets out of her depth; and whilst she is expecting to see another drowned, she is either drowned herself or dashed against a rock. - Giovanni Battista Basile

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Our envy of others devours us most of all. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

The only thing more certain than the hatred of enemies is the envy of friends. - Evan Esar

There is no disappointment so numbing ... as someone no better than you achieving more. - Joseph Heller

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

There was never envy that was not bloody: for if it eat not another's heart, it will eat our own. - Joseph Hall

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

What a day it is when we must envy the men in their graves. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1 comment:

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Envy is really powerful.