Sermon quotes on Envy


Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend’s success without envy.

Dante Alighieri

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

Gnarls Barkley

Everybody is somebody, but nobody wants to be themselves.

Victor Hugo

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

John Chrysostom

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

Quoted by N. S. Gill, About.com: Ancient/Classical History.

Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

The envious person resents another person’s good gifts because they are superior to his or her own. It’s not just that the other person is better; it is that by comparison their superiority makes you feel your own lack, your own inferiority, more acutely.

Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies, Brazos Press, 2009.

Joseph Epstein

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Ashley Hales

When we keep purchasing, keep consuming, and keep envying and coveting, we are pining for what the objects represent: peace, ease, meaning, beauty, stability, adventure, knowledge, renown, connection, and esteem.

Taken from Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much by Ashley Hales Copyright (c) 2009 by Ashley Hales. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. www.ivpress.com


Envy, the meanest of vices, creeps on the ground like a serpent.

William Penn

The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

Theodore Roosevelt

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Mark Twain

Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

Following the Equator (1897)

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