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Jean BaudrillardA negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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Yoko OnoThe books say we' re supposed to have penis envy, but look who wrote the books.

—  Yoko Ono, 1935-, Japanese artist

Zig ZiglarDon't be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Gore VidalEnvy is the central fact of American life.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Gore VidalWhenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

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

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Frank TygerYou can't be envious and happy at the same time.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

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

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Jim RohnThe few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Anton ChekhovHow intolerable people are sometimes who are happy and successful in everything.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer


Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek proverbAlways envious the eye of the neighbor.

Φθονερόν αεί των γειτόνων όμμα.

—  Ancient Greek proverb

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PindarIt is better to be envied than pitied.

Κρέσσων γαρ οικτιρμού φθόνος.

—  Pindar, 522-438 BC, Ancient Greek lyric poet

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AntisthenesAs iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

Ώσπερ υπό του ιού τον σίδηρον, ούτω τους φθονερούς υπό του ιδίου ήθους κατεσθίεσθαι.

—  Antisthenes, 445-360 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

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SolonThe gods are envious and mess things.

Το Θείον φθονερόν και ταραχώδες.

—  Solon, 630-560 BC, Ancient Greek lawmaker & philosopher

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AristotleWomen are more envious and more querulous than men.

Γυνή ανδρός φθονερώτερον και μεμψιμοιρότερον.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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Proverbs

English proverbThe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

—  English proverb

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English proverbThe grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

—  English proverb

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