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Envy Quotes


These are some of the best 'Envy' quotations and sayings.

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A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others. For men's minds, will either feed upon their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one, will prey upon the other; and whoso is out of hope, to attain to another's virtue, will seek to come at even hand, by depressing another's fortune.

All envy is proportionate to desire; we are uneasy at the attainments of another, according as we think our own happiness would be advanced by the addition of that which he withhol from us; and therefore whatever depresses immoderate wishes, will, at the same time, set the heart free from the corrosion of envy, and exempt us from that vice which is, above most others, tormenting to ourselves, hateful to the world, and productive of mean artifices and sordid projects.

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

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

Base rivals, who true wit and merit hate, maliciously aspire to gain renown, by standing up, and pulling others down.

Emulation looks out for merits, that she may exalt herself by a victory; envy spies out blemishes, that she may lower another by a defeat.

Envy always implies conscious inferiority wherever it resides.

Envy feels not its own happiness but when it may be compared with the misery of others.

Envy has no other quality but that of detracting from virtue.

Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame, that nobody ever had the confidence to own it.

Envy is but the smoke of low estate, ascending still against the fortunate.

Envy is human nature.

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

Envy makes us see what will serve to accuse others, and not perceive what may justify them.

Envy ought to have no place 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.

Envy sets the stronger seal on desert; if he have no enemies, I should esteem his fortune most wretched.

Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue but, like a shadow, proves the substance true.

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.

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning blood­hound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock. - Abraham's riches were the Philistines' envy, and Jacob's blessings had Esau's hatred.

Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of some excuse, but envy wants both. - We should strive against it, for if indulged in it will be to us as a foretaste of hell upon earth.


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