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Envy Quotes

He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.

Author: Aeschylus

Profession: Greek Dramatist

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

Author: Antisthenes (388-311 BC)

Profession: Greek Dramatist

None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

The envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

Envy and wrath shorten the life. [Ecclesiasticus]

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian

Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.

Author: Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

Profession: British Author, Physician, , Philosopher

I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.

Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist

Nothing sharpens sight like envy.

Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Profession: British Clergyman, Author

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

Author: John Gay (1688-1732)

Profession: British Playwright, Poet

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

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

Helpless, unknown, and unremembered, most human beings, however sensitive, idealistic, intelligent, go through life as passengers rather than chauffeurs. Although we may pretend that it is the chauffeur who is the social inferior, most of us, like Toad of Toad Hall, would not mind a turn at the wheel ourselves.

Author: Ralph Harper


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.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist