El hasud ta’ban
Translation: The envious one is always exhausted.
Meaning: Envying the good fortune of others is a tiresome task, so perhaps it should be abandoned altogether. This proverb has fallen out of use, but the wording is clear and people should understand it if you wish to use it.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat