— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
„Reverence for greatness dies out, and is succeeded by base envy of greatness.“
„But if it bee well considered, 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 English philosopher, born 1588 1588 - 1679
Review and Conclusion, p. 395.
— Samuel Richardson English writer and printer 1689 - 1761
— James Thomson (poet) Scottish writer (1700-1748) 1700 - 1748
„I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Address in Des Moines, Iowa (4 November 1910)
„Tax reductions of the poor is an hollow idea. The critics of the decrease in taxation is based on harmful envy.“
— Jyrki Katainen Finnish politician 1971
Helsngin Sanomat 25.7.2008 A4
„Now reigneth pride in prize
and covetousness is held wise,
and lechery without shame
and gluttony without blame.
Envy reigneth with treason
and sloth is taken in great season.
God do boot, for now is time. Amen.“
— John Ball (priest) English rebel and priest 1335 - 1381
Letter to the people, quoted in Annals, or a General Chronicle of England by John Stow. "Boot" here means "amends," as in the ancient Anglo-Saxon laws
„Existential envy which is directed against the other person’s very nature, is the strongest source of ressentiment. It is as if it whispers continually: “I can forgive everything, but not that you are— that you are what you are—that I am not what you are—indeed that I am not you.” This form of envy strips the opponent of his very existence, for this existence as such is felt to be a “pressure,” a “reproach,” and an unbearable humiliation. In the lives of great men there are always critical periods of instability, in which they alternately envy and try to love those whose merits they cannot but esteem. Only gradually, one of these attitudes will predominate. Here lies the meaning of Goethe’s reflection that “against another’s great merits, there is no remedy but love.”“
— Max Scheler German philosopher 1874 - 1928
L. Coser, trans. (1973), pp. 52-53
„I'm a frustrated driver. I would love to be out on the track instead of them. I look at them with envy.“
— Murray Walker Motorsport commentator and journalist 1923
Jasper Gerard (December 17, 2000) "It's the last lap and … I don't believe it! - Interview", The Sunday Times, p. News Review 5.
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
„Take the happiest man, the one most envied by the world, and in nine cases out of ten his inmost consciousness is one of failure.“
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Context: Take the happiest man, the one most envied by the world, and in nine cases out of ten his inmost consciousness is one of failure. Either his ideals in the line of his achievements are pitched far higher than the achievements themselves, or else he has secret ideals of which the world knows nothing, and in regard to which he inwardly knows himself to be found wanting. Lectures VI and VII, "The Sick Soul"
„Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
„I often wished during those years that I could be a lyricist with a camera. [... ] I took great delight in [Edward Weston's] and many other photographers’ work. I envied them the freedom to photograph a landscape apparently without concern for the implications of its possession.“
— David Goldblatt South African photographer 1930 - 2018
In an interview with Okwui Enwezor, as quoted in "The Camera Is Not a Machine Gun" http://designobserver.com/article.php?id=10557, Fred Ritchin, 1998