Best Quotes About Envy

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

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

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. -Charley Reese

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. -Josh Billings

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

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

When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad. -Tacitus

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

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love. -Thomas Chandler Haliburton

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

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

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. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks. -Thomas Browne

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

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. -Petrarch

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. -Camille Paglia

I'd the upbringing a nun would envy. Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body. -Joe Orton

We need criminals to identify ourselves with, to secretly envy and to stoutly punish. They do for us the forbidden, illegal things we wish to do. -Karl A. Menninger

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

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. -Dustin Hoffman

A renewed commitment to the freedom and opportunity of our people is the touchstone of our time. In this new century, where tests are many and challenges change with the shifting of the wind, we must hold fast to the principles that have made our nation the envy of the world. -Bill Owens

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. -Dave Freudenthal

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. -Jim Jeffords

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. -Sherwood Anderson

Skating takes up 70 percent of my time, school about 25 percent. Having fun and talking to my friends, 5 percent. It's hard. I envy other kids a lot of things, but I get a guilt trip when I'm not training. -Michelle Kwan

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into problems of envy and competition. But all this is just in a day's work for a writer. You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool. Oh, well. -Alain de Botton

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

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

The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment books cite the Seven Deadly Sins. They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that we do, that is sinful… or fun for that matter. -Dave Mustaine

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

I don't work a five-day week as a rule, and I've managed to fill that time up. It hasn't been that hard. I volunteer at school. I'm working because I love it. Yet, I don't not envy women who have a stay-at-home job, because you miss stuff. -Deidre Hall

Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy. -Vittorio De Sica

Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy. -Roger Tory Peterson

One of the greatest things drama can do, at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love, home, family, loyalty and envy. Tragedy need not be a downer. -Ben Kingsley

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. -David Duchovny

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

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

Large parties given to very young children… foster the passions of vanity and envy, and produce a love of dress and display which is very repulsive in the character of a child. -Susanna Moodie

Far less envy in America than in France, and far less wit. -Stendhal

I envy the dead. -William Mulholland

The United States transportation system is the envy of the world. -Jerry Costello

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

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. -Studs Terkel

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy. -Joseph Epstein

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

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

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

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. -J. Paul Getty

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. -Griffin Dunne

When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many. -Julius Erving

I'm still not a great reader, but my wife is and my daughters are, and I envy them. I think I got into a bad habit of trying to do something all the time, instead of trying to sit down and take my time a little bit. -Mike Krzyzewski

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that. -Oliver Stone

To walk behind others on a road you are traveling together, to give precedence to others without envy – this is painful for an individual and painful for a nation. -Gustav Stresemann

A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned. -Xun Kuang

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

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. -Jeremy Irons

I never quite understood these actors – though I envy them sometimes – who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left. -Sylvester Stallone

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

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home. -Thornton Wilder

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

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

We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be. -Jean Rostand

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

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

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

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy – I don't disparage envy, but I don't accept it as legitimately my master. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

God's truth judges created things out of love, and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

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

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

There is nothing more universally commended than a fine day; the reason is that people can commend it without envy. -William Shenstone

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

Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it. -William Shenstone

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. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

O! what a Godlike Power is that of doing Good! I envy the Rich and the Great for nothing else! -Samuel Richardson

Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating of it too. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason, although we know how it must turn out at last. -Charles Sanders Peirce

I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. -Susan Sontag

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

Only fools live in the past or carry envy to the present. -Chi Chi Rodriguez

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. -Ben Hecht

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. -Aristotle

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. -Arthur C. Brooks

Exploiting people's emotions of fear, envy and anxiety is not hope, it's not change, it's partisanship. We don't need partisanship. We don't need demagoguery, we need solutions. -Paul Ryan

At the time of Woodstock, I was just 13, but I used to see these exotic hippy creatures and I did look on with envy. How could you not? In an ideal world, I would have loved to have been a hippy – but I might have been a bit strait-laced. It was my fantasy. -Imelda Staunton

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

We've never been people that go around and confront people that have been financially successful and say, 'We hate you. We envy you because of how well you're doing.' -Marco Rubio

What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. -Fareed Zakaria

I almost envy people who say whatever they want. -Kate Bosworth

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

I'm not confident around compliments or being celebrated, and I'm not comfortable with the thought of envy, which some people thrive on. -Rachel Weisz

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. -William J. Clinton

I envy the people who say, 'oh, well, I've got my name in the golden book and I'm going to be entered into the pearly gates.' -William Shatner

Oh God, don't envy me, I have my own pains. -Barbra Streisand

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. -Henry Louis Gates

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. -Gary Oldman

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

I envy people with dreams and passions, but I don't think that way. I still don't have a 'bliss' to follow. For people like me – I suspect that's most people – holding out for a 'dream' or a 'passion' is paralyzing. I just like having work I enjoy that feels meaningful. That's hard enough… but it's enough. -Jane Pauley

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. -Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

I think envy motivates a lot of people. -Shia LaBeouf

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

Virtually everywhere in the world, people still wake up and want their country to be more like the United States than any other nation. We are the envy of the world because of what we stand for and how our democratic process, flawed as it may often seem to be, operates. We should take pride in that. -Eliot Spitzer

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. -Evander Holyfield

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

Sometimes I envy people who can be only half crazy, with one foot in the passion and one foot in the real world. But that's not me. I dive into the total crazy experience. That's the only way to travel. -Kiran Ahluwalia

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. -Freddie Highmore

I envy my daughter's childhood. -Rene Russo

You know, writing is really difficult, and it takes a real patience and a skill. I don't know if I have that. I admire it in others, so much, and I envy it. -Adam Scott

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. -Meghan O'Rourke

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. -Marilyn Monroe

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

I envy the happiness of others… I envy the sense of belonging… I seem always to be remaking myself. -Richard Eyre

Class envy is dangerous. -Jack Abramoff

I envy the sensibility in Europe, appreciating beauty in women as they age. I'm going to go that way. I might dye my gray hair for a bit, but beyond that the buck stops. I'm not having any work done. -Rachel Bilson

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. -David Lehman

There are a lot of ways to make people not like you, but one of the most powerful – if least fair – is to be really, really successful. Nobody resents the guy who just lost his job. But the guy whose Internet start-up made him a billionaire at 25? That's a whole different kettle of envy. -Jeffrey Kluger

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. -Amy Hempel

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. -Naveen Jain

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

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

You campaigned against rich people and you got enough envy whipped up in the country and you're gonna get 'em. You're gonna stick it to those rich people. But guess what? You may not get anymore revenue. You may not get anymore economic growth. But you can say, 'I stuck it to the rich people.' -Rand Paul

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. -Brian d'Arcy James

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. -Pete Hegseth

I envy those writers who outline their novels, who know where they're going. But I find writing is a process of discovery. -Jay McInerney

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. -John Banville

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. -Marcus Buckingham

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. -Mohsin Hamid

I'm tired of liberals dividing this country up into little groups, setting them upon each other, breeding spite and envy, and then having the nerve to accuse conservatives of hatred. -Allen West

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. -Todd Haynes

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. -Paul Engle

The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy. -P. T. Barnum

My tattoo is of a cannon in Vancouver that I got in a fleeting moment of stupidity maybe 14 years ago. A lot of people have really beautiful tattoos, and I get real tattoo envy. But then other people basically just treat them like bumper stickers for their bodies. -Ryan Reynolds

In a lot of ways, I envy someone like Omar Sharif who lived in a hotel for decades. -Viggo Mortensen

When one begins, as I did, to analyze men after a fairly long experience of analyzing women, one receives a most surprising impression of the intensity of this envy of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood, as well as of breasts and of the act of suckling. -Karen Horney

I envy those old Greek bathers, into whose hands were delivered Pericles, and Alcibiades, and the perfect models of Phidias. They had daily before their eyes the highest types of Beauty which the world has ever produced; for of all things that are beautiful, the human body is the crown. -Bayard Taylor

I actually envy actors who have a persona: 'This is the way I am. This is the part I play.' And do it over and over and over. To me, that's a lot easier than trying to reinvent yourself every six months. -John C. Reilly

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build. -Margaret Thatcher

I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew. The agenda for self-cultivation that had been set for my classmates by their teachers and parents was something I'd have to develop for myself. -Sonia Sotomayor

I'm always nervous doing auditions – to be honest, I hate it. I always envy the actors who are so cool and cold-blooded when they go in for an audition, especially if it's for a part that you would really love to play. -Daniel Bruhl

I envy people who write easily. I enjoy the process, but it's not easeful for me. -Charles Krauthammer

The reason I'm in San Diego is not because I want distance from South Africa but because I want proximity to the people I love. But I don't envy growing up in America. As ugly as aspects of it were, my biggest blessing was to be born a South African. -Athol Fugard

Any designer believes his gun is the best, and when its test performance is a bit less impressive compared to others, he feels bitterness and envy. -Mikhail Kalashnikov

Do I envy Madonna's body? Yes. Do I thank God that she has it? Yes! If you're fifty-something and you look like Madonna, and you put a lifetime's work in the way you look, then flash it to the world! -Salma Hayek

Beg of God the removal of envy, that God may deliver you from externals, and bestow upon you an inward occupation, which will absorb you so that your attention is not drawn away. -Rumi

Sometimes I wonder if there is something about my family which invites violence. 'Is it envy,' you ask? I don't know… I've had so much, a son as president, two as senators, a son-in-law who's an ambassador… perhaps God doesn't permit that much. -Rose Kennedy

Jokes rot. They're not like songs. I always envy singers – Sting is always going to sing 'Roxanne'. But people want to hear new jokes. I've written jokes as good as 'Roxanne', I believe. But I can't tell them again. -Chris Rock

Generally, I'm terrified of shopping. I like the idea of being well-dressed, but I've always struggled to get anything that fits. I envy those that go into old vintage shops. -Stephen Merchant

Carrying envy makes life more difficult. -Kym Whitley

I envy those who can wear red lipstick or any bold lip colour, really. My top lip just doesn't seem to take colour – there's nothing I can do to change that, so I usually just use a nude on the bottom lip. -Laura Mvula

Music – not just the lyrics, but the music itself – expresses confused or illicit passions: rage, lust, envy, frustration, channeling these energies and creating an outlet for them. -Sarah Churchwell

A painter, who finds no satisfaction in mere representation, however artistic, in his longing to express his inner life, cannot but envy the ease with which music, the most non-material of the arts today, achieves this end. He naturally seeks to apply the methods of music to his own art. -Wassily Kandinsky

In a way, I envy the freedom artists have. Artists can push themselves beyond their limits, in pursuit of their ideas and their vision, even if they are inhabited by demons that can also play tricks on them. -Carine Roitfeld

In America, if you succeed, you don't have to apologize. In Italy, success is envied, and envy is the worst, worst, worst thing in the world. It's easy for me to say because I have had more than many others, but at the end of the day, I have never envied anyone. I wish to no one that they waste their time envying anyone else. -Lapo Elkann

One thing I really envy about my friends who have kids is that as their children develop, they're able to revisit their own developmental stages and recognise themselves and undo a lot of things they decided. -Chuck Palahniuk

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they're big, flashing signs that something needs to change. -Gretchen Rubin

I envy those Hindus and Buddhists who have in their religion philosophy and ancestor worship which build in the believer a continuity with the past, and that most important ingredient in the building of a nation – memory. -F. Sionil Jose

Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell. -Charles Bukowski

All who have taken it upon themselves to rule over others have incurred hatred and unpopularity for a time; but if one has a great aim to pursue, this burden of envy must be accepted, and it is wise to accept it. -Pericles

I have a spasm of envy for the person that was killed by a falling bookcase, as long as it doesn't happen prematurely. -Tom Stoppard

You might think that religion was the one area in which professional jealousy would take a back seat. But no: ecclesiastical memoirs are as viperish as any, though their envy tends to cloak itself in piety. -Craig Brown

If we weren't born with anti-social passions – narcissism, envy, lust, meanness, greed, hunger for power, just to name the more obvious – why the need for so many laws, whether religious or secular, that govern behavior? -Dennis Prager

I admire but don't envy people who have children and also have big, wonderful perfect houses. Maybe Martha Stewart could do it; to me those two things aren't compatible, but I know our children will grow up with a feeling that home is a place of comfort. -Audra McDonald

Honestly, I envy painters, who can have a masterpiece in one morning. Or musicians, who can write something in 30 minutes and arrange it in an hour, sometimes. 'Cause with this, with writing, you can occasionally feel like a caveman, like you've been working with pitch and tar on this brush. -Barry Hannah

I'm not married, and I don't have any kids, so sometimes I envy that end of things when I see a family vacation or people at the beach with their kids or at sporting events with their kids; you wonder, 'Is that a part of your life that you want to go into?' -Kevin Connolly

I love the power of the musician who composes and performs. I envy their ability to put a nugget of truth in three minutes of sweat and emotional outpouring, colored entirely from their thoughts. -Kim Harrison

Bryan Adams might not be what I want to put on, but he's a pop singer with a great voice and great guitar tone. Plus, he's done more for Canada than Rush have, because he works all the time. I envy him for that. -Alex Lifeson

The history of American higher education over the twentieth century is an extraordinary one, the story of the creation of a powerhouse set of institutions that are the envy of the civilized world. Once they were the province, both among the student and faculty bodies, of children of privilege, generally WASPs. -Rick Perlstein

When I was the NIH director, I often expressed envy of institute directors: they had the money and ran the scientific programmes. -Harold E. Varmus

Each person's drive to overwork is unique, and doing too much numbs every workaholic's emotions differently. Sometimes overwork numbs depression, sometimes anger, sometimes envy, sometimes sexuality. Or the overworker runs herself ragged in a race for attention. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

I don't envy the job of people who have to watch five movies a day – that's insane. -James Gray

I do not envy any animal, though I envy many of their capacities. -Louis MacNeice

America was and still is able to make the necessary changes to maintain research institutions that are the envy of the world. -Ahmed Zewail

The U.S. can still maintain research institutions, such as Caltech, that are the envy of the world, yet it would be hubristic and naive to think that this position is sustainable without investing in science education and basic research. -Ahmed Zewail

I was always trying to do architectural jam sessions. But it's not quite as easy as singing or playing a guitar, so I would always see wonderful live musicians and just envy them that I wasn't in that medium. -Catherine Hardwicke

My first novel, 'Compromising Positions,' was a whodunit. The protagonist was a Long Island Jewish housewife who turns private investigator. But she was Jewish the way I was: lighting Sabbath candles but envying her Protestant and Catholic friends' December decorating options. -Susan Isaacs

Government pensions, built into law and mostly protected from stock market vagaries, are the envy of the private sector. -Nina Easton

I've always had rock star envy. Unfortunately, writing is a pedestrian, tame occupation done while sitting in coffee-stained pajamas in front of a computer rather than prowling around a huge stage in sweaty leather pants, so I have to get my kicks vicariously. -Kate Christensen

The only time I've ever really felt envy is when I've watched people make music, which made my time living in the now-legendary Jazz Loft at 821 Sixth Avenue in New York a constant source of agony and ecstasy! -Harold Feinstein

Philosophers see no harm in the Jesuits other than in their effect on humanity and the sciences. The vulgar and especially the prejudiced only hate them from an envy and jealousy born out of conspiracy and intrigue at an organisation which overshadows them. -Cesare Beccaria

I have little taste for fashionable dissipations, cards, and dancing; the theatre and tea parties are my aversion, and I look with little envy on those who find their enjoyment in such transitory delights, if delights they may be called. -Dorothea Dix

Living in Manhattan opened me to whole new sets of things to envy, study, gather and imagine stealing. A full-size 1809 German harp, beautifully painted with three goddesses, covered in a pea-green coat of great silvery refinement: mine for $180. Though all its strings were broken, its beauty let it claim a quarter of my one – bedroom. -Allan Gurganus

I love print fiction, but sometimes when I'm reading a good graphic novel or manga, I find myself envying those who work in an illustrated format. -Jane Lindskold

When people unfortunately use religion to facilitate their envy, arrogance and hate, communalism surfaces. -Radhanath Swami

Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God. -Radhanath Swami

The gifts given to us by God must not be relinquished to those who speak ill of them and who are moved by envy or ignorance. -Filippo Brunelleschi

I envy Muslims their practice of regular and genuine prayer. It's a beautiful practice that enriches their daily lives. -Jay Parini

I do not like to work with patients who are in love. Perhaps it is because of envy – I, too, crave enchantment. Perhaps it is because love and psychotherapy are fundamentally incompatible. The good therapist fights darkness and seeks illumination, while romantic love is sustained by mystery and crumbles upon inspection. -Irvin D. Yalom

Silicon Valley's long-running track record of creating globally disruptive startups is the envy of the world. -Jay Samit

Socially, the Cuban revolution created an education system and health service that remain the envy of much of the neo-liberal world. -Tariq Ali

A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain. -A. A. Milne

Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue. -Paul Kalanithi

While many people overseas envy Korea's development, it is true that society has many problems such as economic polarization and a low birthrate. -Chey Tae-won

I don't envy my teachers. I used to preach to them. -Tzipi Livni

This getting old is something. I think I envy my dog, because my dog is sixteen, and she's limping, and she's still living, but she doesn't look at me like she knows. She's not thinking what I'm thinking. It's a cruel trick that we all know the ending. -Albert Brooks

I think there's a big price to pay for consciousness, knowing that it's all going to end and we're mortal. I envy dogs. They don't know they're getting old! And they don't know it's towards the end. I mean, they never think, 'I used to get by on 16 hours of sleep a day. Now, if I don't get 19, I'm a wreck.' -Dana Carvey

I envy Jesus because he's dead. -T. C. Boyle

America's men and women in uniform bravely defend our nation and our values. Their skill, dedication, and valor are the envy of the world. When their time in uniform is over, they are entitled to world-class health care, a benefit they've earned and that their country is grateful to provide for them. -John Delaney

The United States has the world's largest and most innovative economy, an unmatched rule of law, and a free market that is the envy of the international community. For investors, we are the reserve currency. -John Delaney

I never envy the guys who get attention for partying too much or behaving badly. -Thomas Gibson

Certainly, you envy the guys that have done all kinds of things, a variety of good scripts and good directors. Then again, having worked with Cassavetes has satisfied a big part of that. -Peter Falk

Top 1 Percent progressivism emphasizes the idea of fairness – but it's nevertheless a politics of outrage, animated by at least a trace of envy. It's as if 'millionaires and billionaires' were the principal problem facing America today. -Cass Sunstein

Family is so central to Afghan life that all Afghan stories are family stories. Family is something I simply can't resist because all the great themes of human life – duty, grief, sacrifice, love, envy – you find all those things within families. -Khaled Hosseini

I don't envy young actors. -Edd Byrnes

I don't envy guards. They're quick little monkeys, those guys. -Steven Adams

Apple's iTunes program was once the envy of the world. A combined digital music store and player, it could also sync your iPod. And it worked on both Mac and Windows. It was reasonably fast and very sure-footed. -Walt Mossberg

Everybody knows someone like that: wonderful, attractive people full of passion and ideals. You envy them, but you know there's a dark side, which is brutal and cruel and violent. That dark side informs what's wonderful about them, and the passion and rage inform the darkness; they're inseparable. -David Thewlis

When the enemies' land force is once conquered and expelled from the continent, our Marine will rise as if by enchantment and become, within the memory of persons now living, the wonder and envy of the world. -John Paul Jones

When you do well, everybody's after you, and sometimes the motives are legitimate, and sometimes it's envy and jealousy. -Robert Kraft

Why would you envy a man who doesn't know the names of all the planets, is a 'high functioning' sociopath, and has no friends? Because Sherlock Holmes thinks in all the ways we wish we could. -Kyle Hill

Despite some struggles of our own, America's business and economic system remains the envy of much of the world. -John S. Watson

In snowboarding, I've always looked at really strong competitors through a lens of gratitude rather than envy in the sense that the better my competition is, the more it forces me to work hard, focus, and be better myself if I want to succeed, which I do. -Amy Purdy

America's space program has been the envy and inspiration of the world. It has made landmark scientific discoveries that are a lasting legacy of this nation's greatness. It has studied Earth in ways no other nation can match. -Alan Stern

I envy other writers who claim to have a backlog of books they'd like to write. -Erik Larson

Of course, we all watch James Bond with envy – knowing the U.S. government would never pay for the lifestyle he enjoys. -Valerie Plame

The American middle class used to be envy of the world. It was a byproduct of economic freedom. We had a very dynamic free-market economy and limited government. People were out there pursuing their own self-interest and creating employment opportunities. -Peter Schiff

I envy poets because nobody ever asks them if it's true or false. -Hilton Als

Great writing fills me with hopeful enthusiasm and never envy. -Hisham Matar

I've learned that I've just barely scratched the surface of knowledge of the profession, and I have deep envy of and appreciation for filmmakers who really, truly understand the physics, the design of filmmaking. They can do story and color and composition and geometry and math and science all at once. -Julie Plec

A man's tailored jacket is like a compartmentalized storage unit with sleeves. Women eye those pockets with envy while searching for a ticket stub lost in a handbag. -Christina Binkley

One of my favorite things about America is our breathtaking collection of national and state parks, many of which boast wonders the Psalmist would envy. -Eric Metaxas

An Oscar clears the deck of envy and resentment. You think, 'Well, I've got that. I can relax now.' -Jim Broadbent

Especially when I'm heckled, that's a sticky situation because I don't defuse it… I really envy guys who have a grittier onstage presence and can really go after someone. I used to teach preschool. -Josh Gondelman

I rather envy writers who do variations on a theme. I like reading those books, but in practice, I can't do it. -John Lanchester

Yes, Clay Matthews has a long, golden, Fabio-esque flowing mane that most women would chick-slap someone for. And yes, the shiny, beautiful, dark locks that cascade out of Troy Polamalu's helmet are the envy of volume-challenged women and bald men everywhere. But do we need to talk about it incessantly? -Julie Foudy

Whether couched in terms of envy, admiration, or derision, celebrity fascination begins as an exercise in imagining what it would be like to lead a more carefree and pleasurable life. -Jacob Weisberg

America's infrastructure was once the envy of the world. -Scott Pruitt

It was tragic every single time my mom told me we were moving. I would always envy my friends who had grown up in the same house their entire life, and they had markings on the wall of 'me at five years old' and all that. It made me so sad. I wished I'd had that. -Camila Mendes

For years I looked at the Iranians with envy – not at the outcome of their 1979 revolution, but because it was a popular uprising, not a euphemism for a coup. -Mona Eltahawy

There's all kinds of envy out there on the Left. -Ed Schultz

I don't envy anybody else's career because I feel they've earned where they're at and worked hard. I wouldn't mind Jack White's gig, though. He does it all! -Brian Fallon

I don't have the same knack for the business end that my old man did. Recruiting people has been tough. I don't envy anyone in that spot, especially some of the great non-WWE promoters like 'Evolves' Gabe Sapolsky, Beyond Wrestling's Drew Cordeiro, or Markus Mac at All Pro Wrestling. -Cody Rhodes

I quite envy people who have been in love. -Jimmy Savile

I would say, anyone who knows me says they don't envy my life. I've just been through very hard times, yes. -Maye Musk

In my own life, hate has consumed me at times. Or envy. When my TV show was canceled, I didn't think it deserved to be canceled because people liked it. It was canceled for the wrong reasons, you know? I was consumed with hate for about a year. -Jim Jefferies

I am unable to eat what I want to and always work hard to maintain my body and looks. I envy other women who have a free lifestyle. -Tamannaah

I'm at a point now where I crave healthy musical environments, where there is a genuine exchange of ideas without repressed envy or resentment, and where people in the band want to be there regardless of what public accolades may come their way. Unfortunately, Mr. Bungle was not one of those places. -Mike Patton

We are and always will be the party of prosperity, not envy. -Andrew Scheer

The modern Left is not driven by fairness. It is guided by an ideology of greed and envy. Those are vices, not virtues. -Stephen Moore

I think Julian Casablancas and Amy Winehouse are two contemporaries I envy. -Pete Doherty

Mum and I have always been close. Her adoptive parents died when she was 18, and she doesn't have any other kids, so I'm her only family. She lives life to the full, and I envy her vitality. She has pink hair and is a younger spirit than me. -Jacob Anderson

I don't envy people with long hair. So, I'm glad mine is gone. -Baron Corbin

I have friends who write all the time, and I envy them terribly. -Michael McDonald

I don't envy these kids these days. Between Instagram and Twitter… the easiest thing is just take your phone off the hook, and you're good. -Chris Mullin

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