86+ Best Envy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Envy is a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to someone ‘s advantages, possessions, or traits. Inspirational envy quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Envy Quotes

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

They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you. Suzanne Collins

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

I envy people that know love. That have someone who takes them as they are. Jess C Scott

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. François de la Rochefoucauld

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. Theodore Roosevelt

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

Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others it only changes yours. Shannon Alder

Take heed you harbor not that vice called Envy, lest another’s happiness be your torment, and God’s blessing become your curse. Wellins Calcott

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Carrie Fisher

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. Buddha

We ruined each other by being together. We destroyed each other’s dreams. Kate Chisman

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

The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them. Criss Jami

It is never wise to seek or wish for another’s misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. Charley Reese

He was a mystery to her, and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little more pain. But when she tired to give him up he pursued her in her thoughts, stronger each time. Anna Godbersen

Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another’s prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death. Charles Caleb Colton

Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. Toni Morrison

Nothing sharpens sight like envy. Thomas Fuller

Those people, who hate you, envy your freedom. Santosh Kalwar

Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not. Johann Von Goethe

There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing? C. JoyBell C.

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

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. Erich Fromm

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

A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains. Criss Jami

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

To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends. Benjamin Franklin

Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self; and where there is no comparison, no envy. Francis Bacon

There was no pleasure like being envied on a mass scale. Anna Godbersen

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

Years from now, when I’m successful and happy, and he’s in prison I hope I’m not too mature to gloat. Bill Watterson

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

Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends. Mike Norton

JealousyTormenting yourself, for fear you should be tormented by another. Paul Chatfield

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

Never waste jealousy on a real man it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run. George Bernard Shaw

Comparison is the thief of joy. Theodore Roosevelt

It is not love that is blind, but jealousy. Lawrence Durrell

If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher. Debbie Macomber

It is never wise to seek or wish for another’s misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. Charley Reese

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck. Francis Scott Fitzgerald

He that is not jealous is not in love. Augustine

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

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

If you walk on sunlight, bathe in moonlight, breathe in a golden air and exhale a Midas’ touch; mark my words, those who exist in the shadows will try to pull you into the darkness with them. The last thing that they want is for you to see the wonder of your life because they can’t see theirs. C. JoyBell C.

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

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

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

The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself. Shannon L. Alder

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies. Elizabeth Bowen

To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish. Arthur Schopenhauer

Pure love allows no room for jealousy. James Lendall Basford

Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Malachy McCourt

Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point  that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative  self value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it’s a mistake or luck. Jennifer James

The only difference between man and man all the world over is one of degree, and not of kind, even as there is between trees of the same species. Where in is the cause for anger, envy or discrimination? Mahatma Gandhi

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life threatening. Maya Angelou

The bittersweet about truth is that nothing could be more hurtful, yet nothing could be more helpful. Mike Norton

Jealousy is the great exaggerator. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Heart stopping envy is the sincerest form of flattery. Anna Godbersen

As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy. Antisthenes

In the land where excellence is commended, not envied, where weakness is aided, not mocked, there is no question as to how its inhabitants are all superhuman. Criss Jami

Jealousy is an awkward homage which inferiority renders to merit. De Puixieux

There will always be haters. And the more you grow the more they hate; the more they hate the more you grow. Anthony Liccione

Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because associated with the sweetest. R. Orage

Some people talk about other people’s failures with so much pleasure that you would swear they are talking about their own successes. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love. George Eliot

A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. Gore Vidal

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

I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself. George Eliot

Jealousy injures us with the dagger of self doubt. Terri Guillemets

Even in those cities which seem to enjoy the blessings of peace, and where the arts florish, the inhabitants are devoured by envy, cares and anxieties, which are greater plagues than any expirienced in a town when it is under siege. Voltaire

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. François de la Rochefoucauld

Those who are critical don’t like being criticized, and those who are insensitive have a deficiency in their senses. Suzy Kassem

Envy is ignorance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Or is it that slow paced evil creeps in when it espies and envies happiness, and then takes a deliberate foul delight in spoiling it? Leslie W.P. Garland

O jealousy! thou magnifier of trifles. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Envy is for people who don’t have the self esteem to be jealous. Bauvard

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart like a viper in its hole. Honoré de Balzac

Do not share your thoughts with people who think that what you are thinking is not worth thinking. Michael Bassey Johnson

Never love unless you can bear with all the faults of man Men will sometimes jealous be, Though but little cause they see. Thomas Campion

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse envy alone wants both. Robert Burton

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