Celebrating 19 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday

Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Category Index for Science Quotations > Category Index E > Category: Envy

Envy Quotes (15 quotes)

The Mighty Task is Done

At last the mighty task is done;
Resplendent in the western sun
The Bridge looms mountain high;
Its titan piers grip ocean floor,
Its great steel arms link shore with shore,
Its towers pierce the sky.

On its broad decks in rightful pride,
The world in swift parade shall ride,
Throughout all time to be;
Beneath, fleet ships from every port,
Vast landlocked bay, historic fort,
And dwarfing all the sea.

To north, the Redwood Empires gates;
To south, a happy playground waits,
In Rapturous appeal;
Here nature, free since time began,
Yields to the restless moods of man,
Accepts his bonds of steel.

Launched midst a thousand hopes and fears,
Damned by a thousand hostile sneers,
Yet Neer its course was stayed,
But ask of those who met the foe
Who stood alone when faith was low,
Ask them the price they paid.

Ask of the steel, each strut and wire,
Ask of the searching, purging fire,
That marked their natal hour;
Ask of the mind, the hand, the heart,
Ask of each single, stalwart part,
What gave it force and power.

An Honored cause and nobly fought
And that which they so bravely wrought,
Now glorifies their deed,
No selfish urge shall stain its life,
Nor envy, greed, intrigue, nor strife,
Nor false, ignoble creed.

High overhead its lights shall gleam,
Far, far below lifes restless stream,
Unceasingly shall flow;
For this was spun its lithe fine form,
To fear not war, nor time, nor storm,
For Fate had meant it so.

Written upon completion of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, May 1937. In Allen Brown, Golden Gate: biography of a Bridge (1965), 229.
Science quotes on:  |  Accept (191)  |  All (4108)  |  Alone (311)  |  Arm (81)  |  Arms (37)  |  Ask (411)  |  Bay (5)  |  Beneath (64)  |  Bond (45)  |  Bridge (47)  |  Bridge Engineering (8)  |  Cause (541)  |  Course (409)  |  Creed (27)  |  Deck (3)  |  Deed (34)  |  Engineering (175)  |  Faith (203)  |  Fate (72)  |  Fear (197)  |  Fire (189)  |  Flow (83)  |  Foe (9)  |  Force (487)  |  Form (959)  |  Fort (2)  |  Free (232)  |  Gate (32)  |  Golden Gate Bridge (2)  |  Great (1574)  |  Greed (14)  |  Happy (105)  |  Heart (229)  |  High (362)  |  History (673)  |  Honor (54)  |  Hope (299)  |  Hour (186)  |  Last (426)  |  Launch (20)  |  Life (1795)  |  Light (607)  |  Loom (20)  |  Low (80)  |  Man (2251)  |  Marked (55)  |  Mind (1338)  |  Mountain (185)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Ocean (202)  |  Parade (3)  |  Playground (6)  |  Poem (96)  |  Power (746)  |  Price (51)  |  Pride (78)  |  Rapture (7)  |  Redwood (8)  |  Ride (21)  |  Sea (308)  |  Selfish (11)  |  Ship (62)  |  Shore (24)  |  Single (353)  |  Sky (161)  |  Sneer (9)  |  South (38)  |  Steel (21)  |  Storm (51)  |  Stream (81)  |  Strut (2)  |  Sun (385)  |  Task (147)  |  Thousand (331)  |  Throughout (98)  |  Time (1877)  |  Tower (42)  |  Vast (177)  |  War (225)  |  Western (45)  |  Wire (35)  |  World (1774)  |  Yield (81)

But it is not given to every electrician to die in so glorious a manner as the justly envied Richmann.
[G. W. Richmann died from being hit by lightning, which he had been investigating.]
The History and Present State of Electricity, with Original Experiments (1767), 3rd edition (1775), Vol. 1, 108.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Death (388)  |  Electrician (6)  |  Glorious (48)  |  Investigate (103)  |  Lightning (45)

Envy is an eyesore engendered by looking at another’s success thru the spectacles of our own inferiority.
Aphorism in The Philistine (Apr 1905), 20, No. 5, 160.
Science quotes on:  |   (2863)  |  Engender (3)  |  Inferiority (7)  |  Looking (189)  |  Spectacle (33)  |  Spectacles (10)  |  Success (302)

Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor. It alone prevents the hardest and most repulsive walks of life from being deserted by those brought up to tread therein.
'The Laws of Habit', The Popular Science Monthly (Feb 1887), 447.
Science quotes on:  |  Agent (70)  |  All (4108)  |  Alone (311)  |  Being (1278)  |  Bound (119)  |  Child (307)  |  Children (200)  |  Conservative (15)  |  Desert (56)  |  Fly (146)  |  Flywheel (2)  |  Fortune (49)  |  Habit (168)  |  Hard (243)  |  Life (1795)  |  Most (1731)  |  Poor (136)  |  Precious (41)  |  Prevent (94)  |  Repulsive (7)  |  Save (118)  |  Society (326)  |  Tread (17)  |  Walk (124)  |  Walk Of Life (2)  |  Wheel (50)

I cannot let the year run out without sending you a sign of my continued existence and to extend my sincere wishes for the well-being of you and your dear ones in the New Year. We will not be able to send New Year greetings much longer; but even when we have passed away and have long since decomposed, the bonds that united us in life will remain and we shall be remembered as a not too common example of two men, who truly without envy and jealousy, contended and struggled in the same field, yet nevertheless remained always closely bound in friendship.
Letter from Liebig to Wohler (31 Dec 1871). Quoted in Ralph Oesper, The Human Side of Scientists (1975), 206.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Bond (45)  |  Bound (119)  |  Common (436)  |  Existence (456)  |  Extend (128)  |  Field (364)  |  Friend (168)  |  Friendship (18)  |  Greeting (9)  |  Jealousy (9)  |  Letter (109)  |  Life (1795)  |  Long (790)  |  Nevertheless (90)  |  New (1216)  |  Pass (238)  |  Remain (349)  |  Remember (179)  |  Run (174)  |  Struggle (105)  |  Truly (116)  |  Two (937)  |  Will (2355)  |  Year (933)

Infidels are intellectual discoverers. They sail the unknown seas and find new isles and continents in the infinite realms of thought. An Infidel is one who has found a new fact, who has an idea of his own, and who in the mental sky has seen another star. He is an intellectual capitalist, and for that reason excites the envy and hatred of the theological pauper.
In 'The Great Infidels', The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll (1902), Vol. 3, 309.
Science quotes on:  |  Capitalist (6)  |  Continent (76)  |  Discoverer (42)  |  Discovery (780)  |  Fact (1210)  |  Find (998)  |  Hatred (21)  |  Idea (843)  |  Infidel (3)  |  Infinite (231)  |  Infinity (90)  |  Intellect (233)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Isle (6)  |  Mental (177)  |  Mind (1338)  |  New (1216)  |  Realm (85)  |  Reason (744)  |  Sail (36)  |  Science And Religion (307)  |  Sea (308)  |  Sky (161)  |  Star (427)  |  Theology (52)  |  Thought (953)  |  Unknown (182)

Mainstream biology may be suffering from what I call 'Physics envy' in aiming to reduce life to nothing but well known, typically Newtonian principles of physics and chemistry.
'From the Editor's Desk', Frontier Perspectives (1991), 2, 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Aim (165)  |  Biology (216)  |  Call (769)  |  Chemistry (353)  |  Known (454)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mainstream (3)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Nothing (966)  |  Physic (517)  |  Physics (533)  |  Principle (507)  |  Reduce (94)  |  Reduction (51)  |  Suffering (67)

Newton found that a star, examined through a glass tarnished by smoke, was diminished into a speck of light. But no smoke ever breathed so thick a mist as envy or detraction.
Pleasures, Objects, and Advantages of Literature (1855), 67.
Science quotes on:  |  Breath (59)  |  Glass (92)  |  Light (607)  |  Mist (14)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Smoke (28)  |  Speck (23)  |  Star (427)  |  Tarnish (2)  |  Through (849)

Surely no child, and few adults, have ever watched a bird in flight without envy.
Isaac Asimov and Jason A. Shulman, Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations (1988), 3.
Science quotes on:  |  Adult (19)  |  Aeronautics (14)  |  Bird (149)  |  Child (307)  |  Flight (98)  |  Surely (101)  |  Watch (109)  |  Watching (10)

The fear of meeting the opposition of envy, or the illiberality of ignorance is, no doubt, the frequent cause of preventing many ingenious men from ushering opinions into the world which deviate from common practice. Hence for want of energy, the young idea is shackled with timidity and a useful thought is buried in the impenetrable gloom of eternal oblivion.
A Treatise on the Improvement of Canal Navigation (1796), preface, ix.
Science quotes on:  |  Bury (16)  |  Cause (541)  |  Common (436)  |  Deviation (17)  |  Doubt (304)  |  Energy (344)  |  Eternal (110)  |  Fear (197)  |  Gloom (9)  |  Idea (843)  |  Ignorance (240)  |  Impenetrable (5)  |  Ingenious (55)  |  Ingenuity (39)  |  Meeting (20)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Opposition (48)  |  Practice (204)  |  Prevention (35)  |  Shackle (4)  |  Thought (953)  |  Timidity (5)  |  Useful (250)  |  Usefulness (86)  |  Want (497)  |  World (1774)  |  Young (227)

The living will envy the dead.
[Speaking of nuclear war.]
Attributed. No verification of any form of this quote has been found in the speeches or writings of Khrushchev. An Associated Press article (4 Aug 1979) about hearings on the Salt II referred to senators quoting Khrshchev in these words. This form of the quote has since been widely circulated, for example, in the Washington Post (20 Mar 1981), A23. Senator Frank Church, chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, in a hearing (11 July 1979) attributed Khrushchev as saying “the survivors would envy the dead”. The senator repeated this remark at another hearing five days later. (Recorded in The Salt II Treaty, hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, 96th Congress (1979), 1st session, Pt. 1, 333, and Pt. 2, 27). The quote about &;dquo;survicors” was also given in Ed Zuckerman, 'Hiding from the Bomb—Again', Harper’s Magazine (Aug 1979), 36. A copy of that issue, in circulation before its cover date, was in the Library of Congress, stamped 12 Jul 1979. In Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989), 239.
Science quotes on:  |  Dead (59)  |  Living (491)  |  Nuclear (107)  |  Speaking (119)  |  Survivor (2)  |  War (225)  |  Will (2355)

The Primal Plant is going be the strangest creature in the world, which Nature herself must envy me. With this model and the key to it, it will be possible to go on for ever inventing plants and know that their existence is logical; that is to say, if they do not actually exist, they could, for they are not the shadowy phantoms of a vain imagination, but possess an inner necessity and truth. The same law will be applicable to all other living organisms.
To Herder, 17 May 1787. Italian Journey (1816-17), trans. W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Mayer (1970), 310-11.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Applicable (31)  |  Creature (233)  |  Do (1908)  |  Evolution (590)  |  Exist (443)  |  Existence (456)  |  Imagination (328)  |  Inner (71)  |  Know (1518)  |  Law (894)  |  Living (491)  |  Model (102)  |  Must (1526)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Necessity (191)  |  Organism (220)  |  Other (2236)  |  Plant (294)  |  Possess (156)  |  Possible (552)  |  Say (984)  |  Truth (1057)  |  Vain (83)  |  Will (2355)  |  World (1774)

This sceptred isle,…
This fortress built by Nature for herself…
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
In Richard II, Act 2, Scene 1.
Science quotes on:  |  Against (332)  |  Bless (25)  |  Blessed (20)  |  Cliff (19)  |  Defence (14)  |  Earth (996)  |  England (40)  |  Fortress (4)  |  Geology (220)  |  House (140)  |  Invasion (8)  |  Isle (6)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Oceanography (17)  |  Office (71)  |  Precious (41)  |  Realm (85)  |  Sea (308)  |  Set (394)  |  Silver (46)  |  Stone (162)  |  Wall (67)

What remains to be said is of so novel and unheard of a character that I not only fear injury to myself from the envy of a few, but I tremble lest I have mankind at large for my enemies, so much to wont and custom that become as another nature, and doctrine once sown that hath struck deep root, and respect for antiquity, influence all men.
In On the Motion of the Heart and Blood (1628) as in edition based on the translation by Willis, Alex. Bowie (ed.), (1889), 47.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4108)  |  Antiquity (33)  |  Become (815)  |  Character (243)  |  Custom (42)  |  Deep (233)  |  Doctrine (75)  |  Enemy (82)  |  Fear (197)  |  Influence (222)  |  Injury (36)  |  Large (394)  |  Mankind (339)  |  Myself (212)  |  Nature (1926)  |  Novel (32)  |  Remain (349)  |  Respect (207)  |  Root (120)  |  Strike (68)  |  Tremble (6)

You may take it as an instance of male injustice if I assert that envy and jealousy play an even greater part in the mental life of women than of men. It is not that I think these characteristics are absent in men or that I think they have no other roots in women than envy for the penis; but I am inclined to attribute their greater amount in women to this latter influence.
New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (1933), in James Strachey (ed.), The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (1964), Vol. 22, 125.
Science quotes on:  |  Amount (151)  |  Assert (66)  |  Attribute (61)  |  Characteristic (148)  |  Greater (288)  |  Inclined (41)  |  Influence (222)  |  Jealousy (9)  |  Life (1795)  |  Mental (177)  |  Other (2236)  |  Psychoanalysis (37)  |  Root (120)  |  Sexuality (11)  |  Think (1086)


Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by: • Albert Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton



who invites your feedback
Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.