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

Tags: Character, Men  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.

Tags: Fire, Men  ✍ Author: Muhammad Ali

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

Tags: Mind, Peace  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.

Tags: Hate, Success  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Tags: Failure, Ignorance  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Envy's a coal comes hissing hot from Hell.

Tags: Hell, Hot  ✍ Author: Philip James Bailey

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.

Tags: Common, Respect  ✍ Author: George Bancroft

Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.

Tags: Fight, Heart  ✍ Author: James Cagney

Sometimes I feel like I'm lacking a playfulness. I envy guys who are consistently able to maintain a playful, optimistic perspective on things.

Tags: Able, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Eric Dane

I envy people who can think, 'No, I'm not going to work today' when they have a huge pile of deadlines stacking up.

Tags: Today, Work  ✍ Author: Julian Fellowes

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

Tags: Feeling, Moral  ✍ Author: Erich Fromm

You can say I had a severe case of 'Roots' envy. I wanted to be like Alex Haley, and I wanted to be able to... do my family tree back to the slave ship and then reverse the Middle Passage, as I like to put it, and find the tribe or ethnic group that I was from in Africa.

Tags: Family, Put  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

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

Tags: Fools, May  ✍ Author: John Gay

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

Tags: Hate, Hatred  ✍ Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.

Tags: Good, May  ✍ Author: Baltasar Gracian

Let others either envy or pity me; I care not, so long as I enjoy myself.

Tags: Care, Enjoy  ✍ Author: Joseph Hall

Part of the reason people abroad resent the United States is something Americans can do very little about: envy. The richest, most powerful country in the world attracts the jealousy of others in much the same way that the richest, most powerful man in a small town attracts the jealousy of others.

Tags: Jealousy, Powerful  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

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

Tags: Happiness, Longer  ✍ Author: Katharine Hepburn

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.

Tags: Mean, Poverty  ✍ Author: Lou Holtz

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.

Tags: Forgiveness, Joy  ✍ Author: Elbert Hubbard

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.

Tags: Hate, Wicked  ✍ Author: Victor Hugo

I envy children who know that they're going to become doctors, know they're going to go into the forces or whatever. I think choice is one of the hardest things, but that's what I try to give my children, to say you can do anything.

Tags: Children, Give  ✍ Author: Jeremy Irons

The United States of America became the envy of the world because we welcomed the best and brightest minds from anywhere on the planet and gave them the opportunity to succeed.

Tags: America, Best  ✍ Author: Naveen Jain

My younger sister's a comedian. She has a sketch comedy group in Chicago called Schadenfreude and I look at her with such admiration and envy because it's such an amazing thing to make someone laugh.

Tags: Amazing, Someone  ✍ Author: Brian d\'Arcy James

There is nothing more important to our Nation's future, to our homeland security, and to our economy than ensuring we have a top-notch educational system that is the envy of the world.

Tags: Future, Nation  ✍ Author: Jim Jeffords
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I think envy motivates a lot of people.

Tags: Motivates  ✍ Author: Shia LaBeouf

The young boys I speak with say to me: Why would I want to live in this world - where they rely on charity, dry pieces of bread and water, where they are subjected to harsh treatment, when they can be free and be the envy of their colleagues in the afterlife. They are only too eager to sign on the dotted line and join the ranks of the Taliban.

Tags: Free, Why  ✍ Author: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

I envy my Jewish friends the ritual of saying kaddish - a ritual that seems perfectly conceived, with its built-in support group and its ceremonious designation of time each day devoted to remembering the lost person.

Tags: Saying, Time  ✍ Author: Heather O\'Rourke

The building of America has had its fair share of mistakes, but it's a constitution that's the jewel of democracy, the envy of many, and it's the most generous nation in the world.

Tags: Democracy, Mistakes  ✍ Author: Gary Oldman

I defer to all these other American poets who, for some reason, I both envy and admire.

Tags: American, Reason  ✍ Author: Charles Olson

Envy aims very high.

Tags: Aims, High  ✍ Author: James Otis

Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.

Tags: Men, Women  ✍ Author: Camille Paglia

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.

Tags: Born, Sure  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating of it too.

Tags: Pride, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.

Tags: Enough, May  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Tags: Few, Watch  ✍ Author: Jim Rohn

The country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We have to offer an alternative vision.

Tags: Country, Politics  ✍ Author: Mitt Romney

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.

Tags: Deep, Greatest  ✍ Author: Theodore Roosevelt

Find people not to envy but to admire. Do not the profitable but the admirable deed. Live by ideals.

Tags: Admire, Deed  ✍ Author: Jonathan Sacks

They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.

Tags: Honesty, Won  ✍ Author: Aulis Sallinen

Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a lamb under the influence of the evil eye.

Tags: Evil, Son  ✍ Author: Thomas Sangster

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.

Tags: Dumb, Said  ✍ Author: Albert Schweitzer

The flower which is single need not envy the thorns that are numerous.

Tags: Flower, Single  ✍ Author: Rabindranath Tagore

Nonetheless, do I have respect for people who believe in the hereafter? Of course I do. I might add, perhaps even a touch of envy too, because of the solace.

Tags: Respect, Touch  ✍ Author: Studs Terkel

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

Tags: Belief, Ignorance  ✍ Author: Jean Vanier

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.

Tags: Books, Few  ✍ Author: Lope de Vega

I think a lot of people in television news look at the cable networks with great envy.

Tags: Great, Television  ✍ Author: Chris Wallace

Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.

Tags: Christ, Time  ✍ Author: Simone Weil

Envy is an insult to oneself.

Tags: Insult, Oneself  ✍ Author: Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I go about looking at horses and cattle. They eat grass, make love, work when they have to, bear their young. I am sick with envy of them.

Tags: Love, Work  ✍ Author: Sherwood Anderson

How I envy writers who can work on aeroplanes or in hotel rooms. On the run I can produce an article or a book review, or even a film script, but for fiction I must have my own desk, my own wall with my own postcards pinned to it, and my own window not to look out of.

Tags: Book, Work  ✍ Author: John Banville

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.

Tags: Cunning, Fruit  ✍ Author: Pierre Beaumarchais

Envy is human nature.

Tags: Human, Nature  ✍ Author: Monica Bellucci

Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion.

Tags: Cannot, Personal  ✍ Author: John Berger

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

Tags: Looks, Love  ✍ Author: Josh Billings

Never trust anyone who wants what you've got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.

Tags: Friend, Trust  ✍ Author: Eubie Blake

I almost envy people who say whatever they want.

Tags: Almost, Whatever  ✍ Author: Kate Bosworth

I do have height envy. I'm 5'1 and my sisters are giants so I do have height envy.

Tags: Height, Sisters  ✍ Author: Toni Braxton

Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes. We should not be ashamed of that. On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world and should be a source of pride.

Tags: Free, Pride  ✍ Author: Arthur C. Brooks

Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.

Tags: Successful, Woman  ✍ Author: Helen Gurley Brown

I don't envy men and I certainly wouldn't like to become one now.

Tags: Become, Men  ✍ Author: Louise Brown

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

Tags: Age, Draw  ✍ Author: Thomas Browne

A note of caution: We can never achieve goals that envy sets for us. Looking at your friends and wishing you had what they had is a waste of precious energy. Because we are all unique, what makes another happy may do the opposite for you. That's why advice is nice but often disappointing when heeded.

Tags: Happy, Nice  ✍ Author: Lindsey Buckingham

I live my life, breathless... A life of constant motion and excitement. A life that many will envy and most would avoid!

Tags: Excitement, Life  ✍ Author: Eric Burdon

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.

Tags: Fool, Wisdom  ✍ Author: George Byron

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

Tags: Body, Fly  ✍ Author: Oona Chaplin

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.

Tags: Read, Though  ✍ Author: Thomas Haden Church

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.

Tags: Sacrifice, Venture  ✍ Author: Emile M. Cioran

Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.

Tags: America, Democracy  ✍ Author: William J. Clinton

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

Tags: Art, Blessings  ✍ Author: Tabatha Coffey

Loyalty will not permit envy, hate, and uncharitableness to creep into our public thinking.

Tags: Hate, Loyalty  ✍ Author: Bainbridge Colby

The United States transportation system is the envy of the world.

Tags: System, United  ✍ Author: Jerry Costello

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high.

Tags: Lie, May  ✍ Author: Simon Cowell

On the one hand, people think they own kids; they feel that they have the right to tell the kids what to do. On the other hand, people envy kids. We'd like to be kids our whole lives. Kids get to do what they do. They live on their instincts.

Tags: Tell, Whole  ✍ Author: David Duchovny

On every movie I've done as a director, I look at the producers and having done it, I don't envy them, at all.

Tags: Done, Movie  ✍ Author: Griffin Dunne

I do not envy the headache you will have when you awake. In the meantime, dream of large women.

Tags: Dream, Women  ✍ Author: Cary Elwes

Touch was important. The evening of the Third of July we would go around the neighborhood and look at the fireworks others had bought, taking them out of the brown paper sack and handling them cautiously as if they were precious stones. There was envy when we saw sacks with more in them than we had.

Tags: Evening, Others  ✍ Author: Gordon England

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.

Tags: Deadly, Fun  ✍ Author: Joseph Epstein

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.

 ✍ Author: Joseph Epstein

Envy is never general, but always very particular - at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.

Tags: Feels, General  ✍ Author: Joseph Epstein

In recompense, envy may be the subtlest - perhaps I should say the most insidious - of the seven deadly sins.

Tags: May, Perhaps  ✍ Author: Joseph Epstein

I envy the happiness of others... I envy the sense of belonging... I seem always to be remaking myself.

Tags: Happiness, Others  ✍ Author: Richard Eyre

Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.

Tags: Great, Minds  ✍ Author: Henry Fielding

Our citizens and those who have gone before us charted the broad outlines of where we need to go, and they would envy our opportunity to translate those dreams into action. And I believe they will judge us very harshly should we fail to act.

Tags: Dreams, Judge  ✍ Author: Dave Freudenthal

I have never been given to envy - save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily.

Tags: Marriage, Work  ✍ Author: Paul Getty

You always feel like rock critics are frustrated musicians. I envy musicians their ability to live their art and share it with an audience, in the moment.

Tags: Art, Rock  ✍ Author: Todd Haynes

I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.

Tags: Poor, Rich  ✍ Author: Ben Hecht

As an observer, I react to the realities of Israeli life with both envy and relief. Nobody wants to live under the threat of constant attack from enemies right next door, under ceaseless and often unfair international scrutiny, defending his homeland by day and living with the memories of mass genocide at night.

Tags: Life, Night  ✍ Author: Pete Hegseth

Communism possesses a language which every people can understand - its elements are hunger, envy, and death.

Tags: Death, Understand  ✍ Author: Heinrich Heine

I probably have less revision than those who have that wonderful rush of story to tell - you know, I can't wait to tell you what happened the other day. It comes tumbling out and maybe then they go back and refine. I kind of envy that way of working, but I just have never done it.

Tags: Done, Working  ✍ Author: Amy Hempel

I'm pretty rubbish, as we say in Britain, artwise, and I always envy people who can pick up something and even do just a little doodle of someone that looks vaguely like them. It's impressive.

Tags: Pretty, Someone  ✍ Author: Freddie Highmore

I don't envy or much respect people who are completely politicised.

Tags: Respect  ✍ Author: Christopher Hitchens

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.

Tags: Dead, Living  ✍ Author: Thomas Hobbes

I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.

Tags: Vacation, Wonder  ✍ Author: Dustin Hoffman

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.

Tags: Equality, Respect  ✍ Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

People who make the choice to study, work hard or do whatever they endeavor is to give it the max on themselves to reach to the top level. And you have the people who get envy and jealous, yet are not willing to put that work in, and they want to get the same praise.

Tags: Jealous, Work  ✍ Author: Evander Holyfield

'Envy the Night' was my first stand alone, the first book I'd written in the third person and I loved the feel of that, and it was different but it was also the same. 'So Cold the River,' I knew, was going to be really different, and that's why I thought about doing it as a novella under a pseudonym, because I didn't want to damage my career.

Tags: Alone, Book  ✍ Author: Michael Koryta

The best song lyrics seem to me so artful, so brilliant, so warm and humorous, with both passion and wit, that my admiration is matched only by my envy.

Tags: Best, Passion  ✍ Author: Franz Lehar

I envy people who drink - at least they know what to blame everything on.

Tags: Blame, Drink  ✍ Author: Oscar Levant

Envy like fire always makes for the highest points.

Tags: Fire, Makes  ✍ Author: Kenneth Robert Livingstone

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