Envy assails the noblest; the winds howl around the highest peaks. Ovid
Envy aye shoots at a high mark. Scotland
Envy breeds hate. Yiddish] Fun kinah vert sinah.
Envy can breed swans from bad duck eggs.
Envy crieth of spite where honour rideth.
Envy does not enter an empty house.
Envy does not enter empty houses.
Envy eats ist own master.
Envy eats nothing, but its own heart.
Envy envies itself.
Envy feeds only on the living. Ovid
Envy follows merit like the shadow follows the body.
Envy for a friend is like the taste of a sour pumpkin.
Envy goes beyond avarice.
Envy has no holidays.
Envy is a kind of praise.
Envy is a kind of praise. Gay
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. Hazlitt
Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame that nobody ever had the confidence to own it. Rochester
Envy is a vice that would pose a man to tell what it should be liked for. Other vices we assume for that we falsely suppose they bring us either pleasure, profit, or honour. But in envy who is it can find any of these? Instead of pleasure, we vex and gall ourselves. Like cankered brass, it only eats itself, nay, discolours and renders it noisome. When some one told Agis that those of his neighbour's family did envy him, ?Why, then,? says he, ?they have a double vexation - one, with their own evil, the other, at my prosperity.? Feltham.
Envy is a weed that grows in all soils and climates, and is no less luxuriant in the country than in the court; is not confined to any rank of men or extent of fortune, but rages in the breasts of all degrees. Clarendon
Envy is a weight not placed by its bearer.
Envy is an ill-natured vice, and is made up of meanness and malice. It wishes the force of goodness to be strained, and the measure of happiness abated. It laments over prosperity, and sickens at the sight of health. It oftentimes wants spirit as well as good nature. Jeremy Collier
Envy is blind, and has no other quality but that of detracting from virtue. Livy
Envy is blind.
Envy is cured by true friendship, as coquetry is by true love. Scotland
Envy is destroyed by true friendship.
Envy is its own torturer.
Envy is left-handed praise.
Envy is like a fly that passes all a body's sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores. Chapman
Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred. La Rochefoucauld
Envy is not to be conquered but by death. Horace
Envy is of all others the most ungratifying and disconsolate passion. There is power for ambition, pleasure for luxury, and pelf even for covetousness; but envy gets no reward but vexation. Jeremy Collier
Envy is the antagonist of the fortunate. Epictetus
Envy is the companion of glory.
Envy is the companion of great success.
Envy is the deformed and distorted offspring of egotism; and when we reflect on the strange and disproportioned character of the parent, we cannot wonder at the perversity and waywardness of the child. Hazlitt
Envy is the most universal passion. We only pride ourselves on the qualities we possess, or think we possess; but we envy the pretensions we have, and those which we have not, and do not even wish for. We envy the greatest qualities and every trifling advantage. We envy the most ridiculous appearance or affectation of superiority. We envy folly and conceit; nay, we go so far as to envy whatever confers distinction of notoriety, even vice and infamy. Hazlitt
Envy is the rack of the soul, and torture of the body. Scotland
Envy is the truest form of flattery.
Envy lies between two beings equal in nature, though unequal in circumstances. Jeremy Collier
Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole. Balzac
Envy may justly be called 'the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity;' it is the most acid fruit that grows on the stock of sin, a fluid so subtle that nothing but the fire of divine love can purge it from the soul. Hosea Ballou