Envy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old envy quotes, envy sayings, and envy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.     

Franois de la Rochefoucauld

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

Baltasar Gracin

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

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

Harold Coffin

Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.     

Spanish Proverb

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

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

Henry Abbey

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

Austin O'Malley

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

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

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


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


A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.     

Proverbs 14:30

Our envy of others devours us most of all.     

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.     

Jean Vanier

Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself.     

Danish Proverb

Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing sharpens sight like envy.     

Thomas Fuller

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

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

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


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

William Shakespeare

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.     

Franois de la Rochefoucauld

Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.     


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

John Gay

Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.     


Envy shoots at others and wounds itself.     

English Proverb

Keep yourselves far from envy; it eateth up and taketh away good actions, like as fire eateth up and burneth wood.     


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

Francis Bacon

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

Arthur Chapman

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 withholds from us.     

Samuel Johnson

No one can have all he wants, but a man can refrain from wanting what he has not, and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand.     


For one man who sincerely pities our misfortunes, there are a thousand who sincerely hate our success.     

Charles Caleb Colton

The envious speak from the heart about morality; they are consumed by hunger and begrudging. They tolerate, when no one else listens; and with the spur of spite, they applaud another's prosperity.     

Charles Aldridge

Great power which incites great envy, hurls some men to destruction; they are drowned in a long splendid stream of honors.     


Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.     


Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.     

Gore Vidal

There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of ones fellow man.     

Groucho Marx

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

Mark Twain

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

Thomas Browne

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


Covetousness, which is idolatry.     

The Bible

The laws would not prevent each man from living according to his inclination, unless individuals harmed each other; for envy creates the beginning of strife.     


It is better to be envied than pitied.     


Envy has been, is, and shall be, the destruction of many. What is there, that Envy hath not defamed, or Malice left undefiled? Truly, no good thing.     


No man likes to be surpassed by those of this own level.     

Titus Livy

Base envy withers at another's joy, And hates that excellence it cannot reach.     

James Thomson

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.     

Winston Churchill

With that malignant envy which turns pale, And sickens, even if a friend prevail.     

Charles Churchill

Nothing can allay the rage of biting envy.