Great Throughts Treasury

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Honoré de Balzac

How can we explain the perpetuity of envy - a vice which yields no return?

Character | Envy | Vice |

Shlomo Wolbe, aka Wilhelm Wolbe

The essence of envy is a deep desire to be someone else. In its extreme form it is a complete nullification of oneself.

Character | Desire | Envy | Extreme |

Honoré de Balzac

Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.

Character | Envy | Malice |

Aaron M. Brafman

The goal of all education, preaching, and instruction is the development of mature individuals who will understand that difficulties in life are Divine-ordained challenges to overcome and opportunities for growth, and not excuses for defeat and self-ruination.

Character | Defeat | Education | Growth | Life | Life | Self | Will | Instruction | Understand |

Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

If thou takes virtue for the rule of life, and valuest thyself upon acting in all things comfortably thereto, thou wilt have no cause to envy lords and princes; for blood is inherited, but virtue is common property and may be acquired by all; it has, moreover, an intrinsic worth, which blood has not.

Cause | Character | Envy | Life | Life | Property | Rule | Virtue | Virtue | Worth |

Yehuda Leib Chasman

Envy is such a part of many people’s personalities that it is not reasonable to expect them to completely eradicate this trait. Rather, they should channel it in a positive direction. Let them envy those with wisdom so they will try to gain more wisdom.

Character | Envy | People | Will | Wisdom |

John Chrysostom, fully Saint John Chrysostom

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.

Character | Envy | Man |

Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

By the very fact that I respect you without envy I prove my dignity as a man.

Character | Dignity | Envy | Man | Respect | Respect |

Charles Montagu Halifax, 1st Earl of Halifax, Lord Halifax

Malice may be sometimes out of breath, envy never.

Character | Envy | Malice |

Zane Grey Orig. name Pearl Grey

To bear up under loss; to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief; to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close; to resist disease and evil men and base instincts; to hate hate and to love love; to go on when it would seem good to die; to look up with unquenchable faith in something ever more about to be - that is what any man can do, and be great.

Anger | Bitterness | Character | Defeat | Disease | Evil | Faith | Good | Grief | Hate | Love | Man | Men | Smile | Tears | Weakness |

Yosef Y. Hurwitz

Feelings of envy are based on illusions. What actual loss do you have if someone else has more money and receives more honor than you?

Character | Envy | Feelings | Honor | Money | Loss |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Other passions have objects to flatter the, and seem to content and satisfy them for a while; there is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury, and pelf in covetousness; but envy can gain nothing but vexation.

Ambition | Character | Envy | Luxury | Nothing | Pleasure | Power |

Jeremiah Seed

We see how much a man has, and therefore we envy him; did we see how little he enjoys, we should rather pity him.

Character | Envy | Little | Man | Pity |

William Shenstone

Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority; envy our uneasiness under it.

Character | Envy | Fear | Jealousy | Superiority |