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Quotes on how we can avoid and deal with envy

Quotes on how we can avoid and deal with envy

Envy is an emotion that eats up many of us. It is unhealthy, it prevents us from moving forward, and it fixates us on what others have, instead of what we want to work for. There is a Buddhist term, Mudita, which means sympathetic, or unselfish joy. Joy in the good fortune of others. The opposite of Mudita is envy and jealousy. Embracing the concept the concept helps us to let envy go, and to truly have joy and happiness for others. We are able to truly enjoy their happiness, while seeking our own. We are not bogged down with the negative, we are inspired and motivated by the positive. It is a gift to be able to let envy go, and it is life changing to turn the emotion around into a positive that motivates and inspires us. Here are some thoughts on envy to consider as you are moving forward with your life.

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy."
Franois de la Rochefoucauld

“The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause."
Baltasar Gracin

“It is never wise to seek or wish for another's misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang."
Charley Reese

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own."
Harold Coffin

“Envy is thin because it bites but never eats."
Spanish Proverb

“Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another's prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death."
Charles Caleb Colton

“Envy is the coward side of Hate, And all her ways are bleak and desolate."
Henry Abbey

“Envy is a gun with a faulty breech-lock which flares back and burns the gunner."
Austin O'Malley

“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."
William Hazlitt

“Take heed you harbour not that vice call'd Envy, lest another's happiness be your torment, and God's blessing become your curse."
Wellins Calcott

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

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

“A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones."
Proverbs 14:30

“Our envy of others devours us most of all."
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

“Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself."
Danish Proverb

“Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing sharpens sight like envy."
Thomas Fuller

“Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not."
Johann Von Goethe

“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

“The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor."
Socrates

“Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes."
William Shakespeare

“Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred."
Franois de la Rochefoucauld

“Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him."
Ovid

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

“Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has."
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“Envy shoots at others and wounds itself."
English Proverb

“Keep yourselves far from envy; it eateth up and taketh away good actions, like as fire eateth up and burneth wood."
Muhammad

“Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man's self; and where there is no comparison, no envy."
Francis Bacon

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