Favorite Quotations ~ Envy Envy: A Theory of Social Behavior

"I envy the young their rage, but not their future." ~ Jack Culbert

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The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. ~ Jim Rohn

Envy, like the worm, is always attracted to the fairest apple ~ Og Mandino

We envy those whose possessions or achievements are a reflection on our own. They are our neighbors and equals. It is they, above all who make plain the nature of our failure. ~ Helmut Schoeck

Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend's success without envy. I well know that mirror of friendship, shadow of a shade. ~ Aeschylus

The torment of envy is like a grain of the sand in the eye. ~ Chinese Proverb

Envy, n. Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Envy is a kind of praise. ~ John Gay

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

Five great enemies of peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't expect praise without envy -- until you're dead. ~ Joan Rivers, Esquire, 5/4/07

Envy concerns what you would like to have. Jealousy concerns what you have and donít want to lose. ~ Peter Van Sommers

A show of envy is an insult to oneself. ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

The secret of success is that it is not the absence of failure, but the absence of envy. ~ Herodotus