127 Quotes About Jealousy In Friendship & Love

Jealousy Quotes

If you’re jealous of a friend or lover, or they’re jealous of you, read through this list of helpful quotes about jealousy to help cope with the feeling and find peace in yourself.

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Jealousy Quotes

She let the jealousy slip out of her fingertips.

“She let the jealousy slip out of her fingertips.” – Jodi Lynn Anderson

He who is jealous, is never jealous of what you see, with what is imagined is enough.

“He who is jealous, is never jealous of what you see, with what is imagined is enough.” – Jacinto Benavente

Envy suggests inferiority.

“Envy suggests inferiority.” – Wayne Gerard Trotman

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Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.

“Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.” – Paul Eldridge

The jealous bring down the curse they fear upon their own heads.

“The jealous bring down the curse they fear upon their own heads.” – Dorothy Dix

Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.

“Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.” – Joseph Addison

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Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.

“Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.” – Spanish Proverb

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.

“You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.” – Gary Allan

Jealousy blurs the focus.

“Jealousy blurs the focus.” – Toba Beta

I’ve never been jealous before I met you, it burns, luv. Like silver through my veins.

“I’ve never been jealous before I met you, it burns, luv. Like silver through my veins.” – Jeaniene Frost

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded.

“Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space feels itself excluded.” – William Hazlitt, Characteristics, 1823

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

“Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.” – John Dryden

Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.

“Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.

“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.” – Salvador Dal

Jealousy is the great exaggerator.

“Jealousy is the great exaggerator.” – Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, The Conspiracy of Fiesco, 1783

Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.

“Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.” – Mark Twain

Beware of those who are bitter, for they will never allow you to enjoy your fruit.

“Beware of those who are bitter, for they will never allow you to enjoy your fruit.” – Suzy Kassem

Envy is like a fly that passes all the body’s sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.

“Envy is like a fly that passes all the body’s sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.” – Arthur Chapman

The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.

“The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.” – Socrates

O jealousy! thou magnifier of trifles.

“O jealousy! thou magnifier of trifles.” – Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?

“What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?” – Michael Connelly

Nothing sharpens sight like envy.

“Nothing sharpens sight like envy.” – Thomas Fuller

Stop worrying about someone taking your spot. God already have it reserved. Do the work to get there and fill it!

“Stop worrying about someone taking your spot. God already have it reserved. Do the work to get there and fill it!” – Yvonne Pierre

My heart is too valuable to allow hatred and jealousy to rent a spot.

“My heart is too valuable to allow hatred and jealousy to rent a spot.” – Mufti Ismail Menk

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women’s husbands.

“Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women’s husbands.” – Oscar Wilde

Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.

“Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.” – William Shakespeare

Jealousy hyphenates love in all the wrong places.

“Jealousy hyphenates love in all the wrong places.” – Terri Guillemets

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.

“To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.” – F. Sagan

Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.

“Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.” – John Gay

Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.

“Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

Love bears two negative feelings; fear and jealousy, overcoming that, beautify life; otherwise, these become self-hurting.

“Love bears two negative feelings; fear and jealousy, overcoming that, beautify life; otherwise, these become self-hurting.” – Ehsan Sehgal

What sort of love is permeated by jealousy? You are jealous because you are unaware that everything you need is inside you.

“What sort of love is permeated by jealousy? You are jealous because you are unaware that everything you need is inside you.” – Peter Deunov

Pure love allows no room for jealousy.- James Lendall Basford (1845

“Pure love allows no room for jealousy.- James Lendall Basford (1845” – 1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone

The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.

“The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.” – Colette

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” – Harold Coffin

Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because associated with the sweetest.

“Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because associated with the sweetest.” – R. Orage

Envy is a waste of time.

“Envy is a waste of time.” – Unknown

Jealousy is the grave of affection.

“Jealousy is the grave of affection.” – Mary Baker Eddy

Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.

“Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.” – Thomas Jefferson

Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties.

“Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties.” – Gene Tierney

Jealousy – that sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation – can overtake your mind and threaten your very core as you contemplate your rival.

“Jealousy – that sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation – can overtake your mind and threaten your very core as you contemplate your rival.” – Helen Fisher

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

“It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.” – Aeschylus

Jealousy—Tormenting yourself, for fear you should be tormented by another.

“Jealousy—Tormenting yourself, for fear you should be tormented by another.” – Paul Chatfield

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

“Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.” – Fulton J. Sheen

Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.

“Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.” – Elizabeth O’Connor

Jealousy is one of the wickedest of all the passions. It is that which has been the most fruitful mother of tragedies, murders, and wars. But reprehensible though it is, jealousy is almost rather to be pitied than blamed–its first victims are those who harbour the feeling.

“Jealousy is one of the wickedest of all the passions. It is that which has been the most fruitful mother of tragedies, murders, and wars. But reprehensible though it is, jealousy is almost rather to be pitied than blamed–its first victims are those who harbour the feeling.” – Arthur Lynch

Feeling Jealous of Same-field Friends is Normal, But Don’t Let It Ruin Your Creativity. Focus -Learn more about your innate talents Instead.

“Feeling Jealous of Same-field Friends is Normal, But Don’t Let It Ruin Your Creativity. Focus -Learn more about your innate talents Instead.” – Chandima Gangodawila

If you are getting jealous of someone excellence, believe me it will make you upset, disturbing, nervous, confused, distressing, and so on.

“If you are getting jealous of someone excellence, believe me it will make you upset, disturbing, nervous, confused, distressing, and so on.” – Santosh Kumar

Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.

“Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.” – George Bernard Shaw

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

“A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.” – Robert A. Heinlein

Take heed you harbor not that vice called Envy, lest another’s happiness be your torment, and God’s blessing become your curse.

“Take heed you harbor not that vice called Envy, lest another’s happiness be your torment, and God’s blessing become your curse.” – Wellins Calcott

Even if people pretend that they’re OK with it, jealousy can eat people alive.

“Even if people pretend that they’re OK with it, jealousy can eat people alive.” – Phoebe Fox

Jealousy is the tie that binds, and binds, and binds.

“Jealousy is the tie that binds, and binds, and binds.” – Helen Rowland

Dismiss personal jealousy and complaints. Learn to have tolerance and patience, both with yourself and with others.

“Dismiss personal jealousy and complaints. Learn to have tolerance and patience, both with yourself and with others.” – Thomas Erikson

Surrounded by the flames of jealousy, the jealous one winds up, like the scorpion, turning the poisoned sting against himself.

“Surrounded by the flames of jealousy, the jealous one winds up, like the scorpion, turning the poisoned sting against himself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.” – Antisthenes

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” – Carrie Fisher

Marriage and its entourage of possession and jealousy enslave the spirit.

“Marriage and its entourage of possession and jealousy enslave the spirit.” – Irvin D. Yalom

I am used to jealousy and people putting me in a box and labeling me without really knowing me.

“I am used to jealousy and people putting me in a box and labeling me without really knowing me.” – Sonja Morgan

Jealousy is always born with love, but does not always die with it.

“Jealousy is always born with love, but does not always die with it.” – François de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims

The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.

“The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” – Bette Midler

Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.

“Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.” – Johann Von Goethe

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

“It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.” – Aeschylus

Grudges get heavier, the longer they are carried.

“Grudges get heavier, the longer they are carried.” – F. P.K. Thomajan

A jealous husband is an ugly thing.

“A jealous husband is an ugly thing.” – Keith Ablow

Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks.

“Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks.” – Ovid

Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded.

“Envy is a littleness of soul, which cannot see beyond a certain point, and if it does not occupy the whole space, feels itself excluded.” – William Hazlitt

Jealousy is a funny thing. We spend so much of high school consumed by it, hating that another person has something we don’t, wishing we could taste what it’s like to be them.

“Jealousy is a funny thing. We spend so much of high school consumed by it, hating that another person has something we don’t, wishing we could taste what it’s like to be them.” – Casey McQuiston

Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself.

“Rust consumes iron and envy consumes itself.” – Danish Proverb

Jealousy – that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.

“Jealousy – that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.” – Emile M. Cioran

It’s a completely useless emotion – jealousy. I don’t go there.

“It’s a completely useless emotion – jealousy. I don’t go there.” – Joy Behar

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.

“Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.” – Elizabeth Bowen

Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.

“Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.” – Spanish Proverb

Comparison is a very foolish attitude, because each person is unique and incomparable. Once this understanding settles in you, jealousy disappears.

“Comparison is a very foolish attitude, because each person is unique and incomparable. Once this understanding settles in you, jealousy disappears.” – Osho

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.

“Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.” – George Eliot

Jealousy is a crutch.

“Jealousy is a crutch.” – Terri Guillemets

Jealousy is love in competition.

“Jealousy is love in competition.” – Toba Beta

Jealousy is not a barometer by which the depth of love can be read, it merely records the degree of the lover’s insecurity.

“Jealousy is not a barometer by which the depth of love can be read, it merely records the degree of the lover’s insecurity.” – Margaret Mead

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.

“Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.” – Josh Billings

Anger, resentment, and jealousy don’t change the heart of others – it only changes yours.

“Anger, resentment, and jealousy don’t change the heart of others – it only changes yours.” – Shannon Alder

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart like a viper in its hole.

“Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart like a viper in its hole.” – Honoré de Balzac

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.

“The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.” – Baltasar Gracián

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.

“Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.” – George Eliot

Envy is the coward side of Hate, and all her ways are bleak and desolate.

“Envy is the coward side of Hate, and all her ways are bleak and desolate.” – Henry Abbey

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive.

“Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive.” – Havelock Ellis, On Life and Sex: Essays of Love and Virtue, 1937

Jealousy is a disease. Get well soon.

“Jealousy is a disease. Get well soon.” – Paris Hilton

You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.

“You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.” – Margaret Atwood

I don’t ever remember being particularly jealous of anybody, because I figured if I can’t do it myself, I don’t deserve to get it.

“I don’t ever remember being particularly jealous of anybody, because I figured if I can’t do it myself, I don’t deserve to get it.” – Clyde Tombaugh

Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.

“Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.” – Honore de Balzac

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.

“Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.” – Shannon L. Alder

You can’t be friends with someone who wants your life.

“You can’t be friends with someone who wants your life.” – Oprah Winfrey

Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.

“Envy is ever joined with the comparing of a man’s self; and where there is no comparison, no envy.” – Francis Bacon

Jealousy is an attempt to hold by force what you know you can’t hold by merit

“Jealousy is an attempt to hold by force what you know you can’t hold by merit” – Bangambiki Habyarimana

Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.

“Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.” – William Hazlitt

Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.

“Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.” – William Shenstone

Jealousy cuts across, and does not necessarily blend with, other aspects of a relationship.

“Jealousy cuts across, and does not necessarily blend with, other aspects of a relationship.” – Terri Apter

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.

“Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.” – Samuel Johnson, The Rambler

Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse: envy alone wants both.

“Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse: envy alone wants both.” – Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.

“Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.” – Maya Angelou

The venom clamors of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.

“The venom clamors of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.” – William Shakespeare

O! Beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.

“O! Beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” – William Shakespeare, Othello

If two people can fully trust one another and are good at communicating with each other, jealousy will never win. NEVER!

“If two people can fully trust one another and are good at communicating with each other, jealousy will never win. NEVER!” – Robert Rain

Never love unless you can bear with all the faults of man: Men will sometimes jealous be, Though but little cause they see.

“Never love unless you can bear with all the faults of man: Men will sometimes jealous be, Though but little cause they see.” – Thomas Campion, ‘Never Love Unless’

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.” – H.G. Wells

If you’re jealous of someone else it simply means you have not come to a true acceptance and appreciation of yourself.

“If you’re jealous of someone else it simply means you have not come to a true acceptance and appreciation of yourself.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?

“Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?” – Sean Covey

Envy is ignorance.

“Envy is ignorance.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.

“The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.” – Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish

Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self-worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.

“Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self-worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has.” – Unknown

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

“The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.” – William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693

He that is not jealous is not in love.

“He that is not jealous is not in love.” – Augustine

The knives of jealousy are honed on details.

“The knives of jealousy are honed on details.” – Ruth Rendell

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

“A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.” – Jean Baudrillard

Do not listen to nay-sayers, or those who may be envious or jealous of your intentions. See the possibilities. The world belongs to the doers not the nay-sayers.

“Do not listen to nay-sayers, or those who may be envious or jealous of your intentions. See the possibilities. The world belongs to the doers not the nay-sayers.” – Byron Pulsifer

Our envy of others devours us most of all.

“Our envy of others devours us most of all.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

From heresy, frenzy and jealousy, good Lord deliver me.

“From heresy, frenzy and jealousy, good Lord deliver me.” – Ludovico Ariosto

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

Why do we feel jealousy? Therapists often regard the demon as a scar of childhood trauma or a symptom of a psychological problem. And it’s true that people who feel inadequate, insecure, or overly dependent tend to be more jealous than others.

“Why do we feel jealousy? Therapists often regard the demon as a scar of childhood trauma or a symptom of a psychological problem. And it’s true that people who feel inadequate, insecure, or overly dependent tend to be more jealous than others.” – Helen Fisher

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

“A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” – Proverbs 14:30

You can’t be yourself within jealousy.

“You can’t be yourself within jealousy.” – Toba Beta

In jealousy there is more self-love than love.

“In jealousy there is more self-love than love.” – François de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665

As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy.

“As iron is eaten by rust, so are the envious consumed by envy.” – Antisthenes

It is never wise to seek or wish for another’s misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.

“It is never wise to seek or wish for another’s misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.” – Charley Reese

Jealousy is the fear of comparison.

“Jealousy is the fear of comparison.” – Max Frisch

Envy slays itself by its own arrows.

“Envy slays itself by its own arrows.” – Unknown

Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life because it is essentially destructive.

“Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life because it is essentially destructive.” – Alexis Carrel

There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy.

“There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy.” – Lope de Vega

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