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Jealousy Quotes and Envy Sayings

These jealousy quotes will help you deal with the sharp pangs of feeling jealous. Everyone has had that feeling when they wish you had something that a friend or family member has and they don’t.

Recognizing the feeling of envy is the first step. These insights from authors, poets, and notables will help you handle yourself.

Best Jealousy Quotes

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.
John Dryden

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

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

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

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

Men are so constituted that everyone undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has an aptitude for it or not.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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Funny Jealousy Quotes

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 – See Great Quotes by Oscar Wilde.

I love it when people stare me down. It’s like they have nothing better to do, but it makes me feel better and I look that damn good.

I’ve never been jealous. Not even when my dad finished the fifth grade a year before I did.
Jeff Foxworthy

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

If you are going to make a rumor about me, at least, make a new one that I have never heard of before.

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

I love my silly haters because they don’t know how to shut up.

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

Thank you, my haters, you make me gorgeous, awesome, successful and happy at the same time.

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

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Good Jealousy Quotes

Many times, you are the single most significant and glorious thing that has ever happened in the lives of some people; they sit around and talk about you over and over again throughout the years while you are out there living your life, every step that you take and every kiss that you make having absolutely nothing to do with them, at all.
C. JoyBell C.

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

Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one’s self-respect.
Emma Goldman

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

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Be warned: A person content to sit with you and criticize others will speak critically of you out of earshot.
Richelle E. Goodrich

Bitterness and Jealousy Quotes

When haters hate, I celebrate.

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

Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.
J. K. Rowling

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

Don’t be too fast to highlight the weaknesses of other people. That is the quickest way of exposing your own weaknesses.
Israelmore Ayivor

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

The envious man grows lean at the success of his neighbor.

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Jealous Relationship Quotes

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

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

Love has the power to confront any crises in a relationship. But we shouldn’t overdo it by giving in to extreme suspicion and jealousy.

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

I plan to keep what belongs to me. That may sound selfish, but so what. I know when I have something good and that good is you. You’re mine. All mine. And I’m keeping you. Always.

Spiteful Feelings — jealousy quotes

Love shouldn’t be about jealousy or anything like that. It should be about commitment and being able to trust that person.
Aaron Carter

In jealousy, there is more of self-love than love.
François de La Rochefoucauld

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

Jealousy isn’t a pleasant quality, but if it isn’t overdone (and if it’s combined with modesty), apart from its inconvenience, there’s even something touching about it.
Milan Kundera

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 Synonyms

Jealousy quotes synonyms: envy, spite, resentfulness, resentment, and insecurity.

Envy Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

Never trust anyone who wants what you’ve got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.
Eubie Blake

The envious will die, but envy never.

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

Enemies are always born in your bloodlines. When in doubt always turn your head into your bloodlines. You will definitely find a solution to your problem.


Never waste your time with negative haters. The best way to handle that type of person is smiling. It annoys them more and makes you a winner.

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

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

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.
Samuel Johnson

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


Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another’s prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.
Charles Caleb Colton

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.
Robert Heinlein

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

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


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

If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves.

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

Insecure people put others down to raise themselves up.
Habeeb Akande

A lot of people get so hung up on what they can’t have that they don’t think for a second about whether they really want it.
Lionel Shriver

Words of Advise about Jealousy

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

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

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

Gossip is just a tool to distract people who have nothing better to do from feeling jealous of those few of us still remaining with noble hearts.
Anna Godbersen

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

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

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

Short Jealousy Sayings

Nothing sharpens sight like envy.
Thomas Fuller

If bitterness wants to get into the act, I offer it a cookie or a gumdrop.
James Broughton

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

When the root is bitterness, imagine what the fruit might be.
Woodrow Kroll

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

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

Envy is a waste of time.

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

William Shakespeare on Jealousy

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

But jealous souls will not be answered so. They are not ever jealous for the cause but jealous for they’re jealous. It is a monster begot upon itself, born on itself.

Trifles light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy writ.

By Liz Olson

Liz is a poet and writer living in Minneapolis.


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