37 Quotes About Envying Others


Life is all about perception. How we see and what really is can be debatable. Understanding this begs us to question if envying others is really a sound things to do? Is their life really better and are they really happier? Challenging your perception of these can be found in the following great quotes about envying others.

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

“An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.”

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. ”

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

“Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.”

“Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.”

“Envy shoots at others and wounds itself.”

“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 a false mirror, distorts the symmetry of the sweetest form.”

“Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.”

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

“Nothing sharpens sight like envy.”

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

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

“Our envy of others devours us most of all.”

“Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Focusing on the life that you lead is an important part of not focusing on others.