Sunday, August 10, 2008 – Envy


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


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


Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks. ~ Ovid


Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed. ~ Bertrand Russell


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


The envious man thinks that if his neighbor breaks a leg, he will be able to walk better himself. ~ Helmut Schoeck


There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of one’s fellow man. ~ Groucho Marx


I envy people who drink – at least they know what to blame everything on. ~ Oscar Levant


Sympathy one receives for nothing, envy must be earned. ~ Robert Lembke


Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied. ~ Mark Twain


Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld


I am Envy. I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned. ~ Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus


Envy, to which th’ ignoble mind’s a slave, Is emulation in the learn’d or brave. ~ Alexander Pope, Essay on Man (ep. II, l. 191)


Such men as he be never at heart’s ease Whiles they behold a greater than themselves, And therefore are they very dangerous. ~ William Shakespeare. Julius Caesar (Caesar at I, ii)


Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


I envy animals for two things – their ignorance of evil to come, and their ignorance of what is said about them. ~ Voltaire


There is some good in public envy, whereas in private there is none; for public envy is as an ostracism that eclipseth men when they grow too great; and therefore it is a bridle also to great ones to keep within bounds. ~ Francis Bacon


The dullard’s envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to bad end. ~ Max Beerbohm


A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. ~ Proverbs (ch. XIV, v. 30)


If envy, like anger, did not burn itself in its own fire, and consume and destroy those persons it possesses, before it can destroy those it wishes worst to, it would set the whole world on fire, and leave the most excellent persons the most miserable. ~ Lord Clarendon, Edward Hyde


Envy, like a cold prison, benumbs and stupefies; and, conscious of its own impotence, folds its arms in despair. ~ Jeremy Collier


We had rather do anything than acknowledge the merit of another if we can help it. We cannot bear a superior or an equal. Hence ridicule is sure to prevail over truth, for the malice of mankind, thrown into the scale, gives the casting weight. ~ William Hazlitt


We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn’t wish to be. ~ Jean Rostand


When any person of really eminent virtue becomes the object of envy, the clamor and abuse by which he is assailed is but the sign and accompaniment of his success in doing service to the public. And if he is a truly wise man, he will take no more notice of it than the moon does of the howling of the dogs. Her only answer to them is to shine on. ~ Archbishop Richard Whately


If we did but know how little some enjoy of the great things that they possess, there would not be much envy in the world. ~ Edward Young