122+ Best Jealousy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational jealousy quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Powerful Collection of Most Famous Jealousy Quotes

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

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority. – Samuel Johnson

Comparison is the thief of joy. – Theodore Roosevelt

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. – Robert A. Heinlein

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive. – Havelock Ellis

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

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. – Ann Brashares

A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. – Seneca

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. – Buddha

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

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

The truest mark of being born with great qualities, is being born without envy. – François de La Rochefoucauld

Envy is pain at the good fortune of others. – Aristotle

Never hate jealous people. They are jealous because they think you are better than them. – Paulo Coelho

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

I’ve spent most of my life walking under that hovering cloud, jealousy, whose acid raindrops blurred my vision and burned holes in my heart. Once I learned to use the umbrella of confidence, the skies cleared up for me and the sunshine called joy became my faithful companion. – Astrid Alauda

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build. – Margaret Thatcher

To live without comparison is to remove a tremendous burden. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

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

To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self Joan Didion

Nothing sharpens sight like envy. – Thomas Fuller

It is not greed that drives the world, but envy. – Warren Buffett

Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied. – Mark Twain

Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but Jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time. – Arab Proverb

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

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

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

The fastest way to lose friends and alienate people is to get better and improve yourself. – Life Math Money

Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point – that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative – self-value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it’s a mistake or luck. Take your eyes off others and turn the scanner within. Find the seeds of your jealousy, clear the old voices and experiences. Put all the energy into building your personal and emotional security. Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them. – Jennifer James

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

Noble hearts are neither jealous nor afraid because jealousy spells doubt and fear spells pettiness. – Honoré de Balzac

People hate those who make them feel their own inferiority. – Lord Chesterfield

Jealousy is the only vice that gives no pleasure. – Patrick Henry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No one can have all he wants, but a man can refrain from wanting what he has not, and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand. – Seneca

Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one’s self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing. – Emma Goldman

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

Jealousy is information. It tells you what you desire, what you admire, what you despise in yourself. You could learn from the person you envy if you weren’t blinded by resentment. Learning feels better than loathing. – The Stoic Emperor

You don’t really see the person that you are envious of. You see a mirror that reflects what you find lacking in yourself. Paying attention to this can be very instructional. We often despise in others what we wish we could find in ourselves. – The Stoic Emperor

Jealousy is a kind of civil war in the soul, where judgment and imagination are at perpetual jars. This civil dissension in the mind, like that of the body politic, commits great disorders, and lays all waste. Nothing stands safe in its way; Nature, interest, religion, must yield to its fury. It violates contracts, dissolves society, breaks wedlock, betrays friends and neighbours. No body is good, and every one is either doing or designing them a mischief. It has a venom that more or less rankles wherever it bites: And as it reports fancies or facts, so it disturbs its own house as often as other folks. – William Penn

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

Envy…since it’s lodgement is in the heart, not the brain, no degree of intellect supplies a guarantee against it. – Herman Melville

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

Jealousy is the very reverse of understanding, of sympathy, and of generous feeling. Never has jealousy added to character, never does it make the individual big and fine. – Emma Goldman

A little jealousy can be a good thing, for we may be reminded to appreciate what we have. – Shane Parrish

A man will do many things to get himself loved. He will do all things to get himself envied. – Mark Twain

Oh! How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes. – William Shakespeare

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

You’re subject to sorrow, fear, jealousy, anger and inconsistency. That’s the real reason you should admit that you are not wise. – Marcus Aurelius

Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours. – Epictetus

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had. – Erica Jong

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. – Aristotle

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time. – Johann Kaspar Lavater

Jealousy is the most dreadfully involuntary of all sins. – Iris Murdoch

Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire. – Susan Cain

Envy is a declaration of inferiority. – Napoleon Bonaparte

For most of us, envy is the basis of our actions; remove envy and we feel we are lost. All our effort is towards success, and in that there is envy; behind that envy there is fear. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring. – Victor Hugo

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

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

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

Transform jealousy to admiration, and what you admire will become part of your life. – Yoko Ono

Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that. – Dalai Lama

Jealousy is a miserable feeling. It means you aspire to something that you cannot have. – Sophia Loren

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

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul. – John Dryden

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

Jealousy, an eminently credulous and suspicious passion, allows fancy the greatest possible play. But it does not bestow wit, it banishes all sense. – Honoré de Balzac

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surely… None of them can hurt me. Don’t waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people… It will keep you from doing anything useful. Why do you not rather act than complain? – Marcus Aurelius

Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

More men die of jealousy than of cancer. – Joseph P. Kennedy

Love may be blind but jealousy has 20-20 vision. – Anonymous

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little. – Gore Vidal

Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly. – Malcolm X

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. – Mother Teresa

Envy creates silent enemies. – Robert Greene

Never outshine the master. – Robert Greene

Envy is the central fact of American life. – Gore Vidal

Our culture is based on envy. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Nothing brings on jealousy like laughter. – Françoise Sagan

I refused to believe that love could take any other form than mine: I measured love by the extent of my jealousy, and by that standard of course she could not love me at all. – Graham Greene

Envy aims very high. – Ovid

It is better to be envied than pitied. – Herodotus

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

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

Envy is an insult to oneself. – Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Envy motivates a lot of people. – Shia LaBeouf

Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one’s own inferiority. It is a mental cancer. – B. C. Forbes

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

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul. – John Dryden

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Envy suggests inferiority. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. – Jim Rohn

Growth will convert your doubters better than verbal defensiveness. Outgrow your critics in every sense. – The Stoic Emperor

Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts. – Jean Vanier

Everyone experiences bouts of jealousy; but the dignified person conceals it, while the vulgar one acts upon it. – Ibn Taymiyyah

You are jealous because you are unaware that everything you need is inside you. – Peter Deunov

One of the most powerful lessons in life is to recognize that no one can give you power, and many people don’t want you to have it. You have to find the courage to seize it, own it and hold on! – Shannon L. Alder

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change. – Gretchen Rubin

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. – Petrarch

Afflictive emotions – our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear – can be put to an end. When you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned. – Dalai Lama

The best way to avoid envy is to deserve the success you get. – Aristotle

Love may be blind but jealousy has 20-20 vision. – Anonymous

I envy people who drink – at least they know what to blame everything on. – Oscar Levant

If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher. – Debbie Macomber

Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistible urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex. Yippee. – J.R. Ward

My wife’s jealousy is getting ridiculous. The other day she looked at my calendar and wanted to know who May was. – Rodney Dangerfield

A jealous woman does better research than FBI. – Unknown

Jealousy implies dissatisfaction with what you are. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jealousy is a keen observer, but looks for all the wrong signs. – H. L. Mencken

Pride, envy, avarice – these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men. – Dante Alighieri

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