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Envy, like a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form.

Envy's a coal comes hissing hot from hell.

PHILIP JAMES BAILEY, Festus

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

JOHN GAY, Fables

I am Envy. I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Doctor Faustus

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, Lacon

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

HENRY ABBEY, "The Host's Humility"

Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend's success without envy.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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, Characteristics

Envy ought in strict truth to have no place whatever 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.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns to soon to hatred.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Envy does not allow humanity to sleep.

CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious

Envy, like a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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, Characteristics

What a day it is when we must envy the men in their graves.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Envy generally admires and abhors out of proportion.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Take heed you harbour not that vice call'd Envy, lest another's happiness be your torment, and God's blessing become your curse.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

Certainly, envy is no monopoly of the poor; it makes itself felt in all sections of society; it haunts the court, the library, the barrack-room, even the sanctuary; it is provoked in some unhappy souls by the near neighbourhood of any superior rank or excellence whatever.

HENRY PARRY LIDDON, Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford

An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Envy and jealousy, twin sisters, come with the cunning of the fox to steal away our peace and happiness.

NICIAS BALLARD COOKSEY, Helps to Happiness

To be envied is a nobler fate than to be pitied.

PINDARUS, attributed, Day's Collacon

Envy's a coal comes hissing hot from hell.

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

JOSEPH HELLER, Good as Gold

ENVY, n. Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity.

AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil's Dictionary

The only thing more certain than the hatred of enemies is the envy of friends.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

Wherever I find envy I take a pleasure in provoking it: I always praise before an envious man those who make him grow pale.

MONTESQUIEU, attributed, Day's Collacon

Envy and wrath shorten the life.

ECCLESIASTES 30:24

Envy ... feeds on outcast entrails like a kite;
In which foul heap, if any ill lies hid,
She sticks her beak into it, shakes it up,
And hurls it all abroad, that all may view it.
Corruption is her nutriment; but touch her
With any precious ointment, and you kill her:
Where she finds any filth in men, she feasts,
And with her black throat bruits it through the world
Being sound and healthful; but if she but taste
The slenderest pittance of commended virtue,
She surfeits of it, and is like a fly
That passes all the body's soundest parts,
And dwells upon the sores; or if her squint eye
Have power to find none there, she forges some:
She makes that crooked ever which is straight;
Calls valour giddiness, justice tyranny;
A wise man may shun her, she not herself:
Whithersoever she flies from her harms,
She bears her foe still clasp'd in her own arms;
And therefore ... let us avoid her.

GEORGE CHAPMAN, Bussy D'Ambois

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

CHRYSOSTOM, attributed, Day's Collacon

The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, "On Envy," The Plain Speaker, 1826

Covetousness, which is idolatry.

COLOSSIANS 3:5

When you make your mark in the world, watch out for the envious with erasers.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.

HAROLD COFFIN, attributed, Quotable Quotes

In the sea of malice envy frequently gets out of her depth; and whilst she is expecting to see another drowned, she is either drowned herself or dashed against a rock.

GIOVANNI BATTISTA BASILE, The Pentamerone

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