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
Don't expect praise without envy, until you're dead.
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.
Envy has the ugliness of a trapped rat that has gnawed its own foot in
its effort to escape.
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your
Envy is the basis of democracy.
Envy is the central fact of American life.
Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an
action, the practice of human power, which can be practiced only in
freedom and never as a result of compulsion.
Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an
excuse; envy alone wants both. Other sins last but for awhile; the gut
may be satisfied, anger remits, hatred hath an end, envy never ceaseth.
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us- avarice, ambition, envy, anger,
and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy
I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely
idealizing envy- I don't disparage envy but I don't accept it as
legitimately my master.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape
of a boomerang.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend
who has prospered.
Like Satan, envy doesn't want us to know it exists.
Malice and envy are but two branches growing out of the same bitter
root. Self-love and evil-speaking are the fruit they hear. Malice is
properly the procuring or wishing another's evil; envy, the repining at
his good. And these vent themselves by evil-speaking.
Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.
The envious will die, but envy never.
-Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)
The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive
feeling as 'moral indignation,' which permits envy or hate to be acted
out under the guise of virtue.
Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means that
you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a
Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.