80 Jealousy Quotes and Sayings You Should Read

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Jealousy Quotes and Sayings

Jealousy which keeps silent grows in its silence. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

Though jealousy be produced by love, as ashes are by fire, yet jealousy extinguishes love as ashes smother the flame. ~ Margaret of Angoulême.

Jealousy is like a hot pepper. Use it mildly, and you add spice to the relationship. Use too much of it and it can burn. ~ Ayala Pines.

Jealousy is a dog’s bark which attracts thieves. ~ Karl Kraus.

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


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

Jealousy is a terrible thing. It resembles love, only it is precisely love’s contrary. Instead of wishing for the welfare of the object loved, it desires the dependence of that object upon itself, and its own triumph. ~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel.

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.

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

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

Jealousy is nothing but the foolish child of pride. ~ Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais.

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

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

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

Women detest a jealous man whom they do not love, but it angers them when a man they do love is not jealous. ~ L’Enclos.

It is not love that is blind, but jealousy. ~ Buddha.

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

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies. ~ Elizabeth Bowen.

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

Best Jealousy Quotes and Sayings

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 the fear or apprehension of superiority; envy our uneasiness under it. ~ Shenstone.

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

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 neighbor to have them through envy. ~ Aristotle.

Jealousy blinds the stricken heart, and without examining, believes everything it fears. ~ Pierre Corneille.

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.


Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple. ~Job 5:2.

Jealousy – that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion. ~ Emil Cioran.

It is with jealousy as with the gout; when such distempers are in the blood there is never any security against their breaking out, and that often on the slightest occasions, and when least suspected. ~ Fielding.

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

Jealous people destroy what they are incapable of creating. ~ Paul Guth.

Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire. ~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol.

My jealousy is a living thing. Shifting, changing, growing. Like my rage and my mother’s regret. ~ Katja Millay.

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

Top Jealousy Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

O, Jealousy, thou ugliest fiend of hell! thy deadly venom preys on my vitals, turns the healthful hue of my fresh cheek to haggard sallowness, and drinks my spirit up. ~ H. More.

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

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

Humans are suspicious and jealous creatures. When they see something perfect, they want to find a flaw. ~ Gosho Aoyama.

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


Jealousy is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own. ~ Amanda Metcalf.

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.

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

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.

Jealousy is said to be the offspring of love; yet unless the parent makes haste to strangle the child, the child will not rest till it has poisoned the parent. ~ Hare.

Popular Jealousy Quotes and Sayings

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

He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. ~ Buddha.

Curious thing, plain women are always jealous of their husbands, beautiful women never are! ~ Oscar Wilde.

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. ~ H.G. Wells.

Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

Count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else’s. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own. ~ Roy T. Bennett.

What a plague of one’s thoughts, how great a rust of the heart, to be jealous of another. ~ Cyprian.

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism. ~ George Eliot.

All jealousy must be strangled in its birth, or time will soon make it strong enough to overcome the truth. ~ Davenant.

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. ~ George Washington.

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

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

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.

Famous Jealousy Quotes and Sayings

It is not love that is blind, but jealousy. ~ Lawrence Durrell.

A little jealousy arouses a happy love that is asleep. ~ Antoinette Deshoulieres.

Jealousy is the tie that binds, and binds, and binds. ~ Helen Rowland.

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

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.

No true love there can be without its dread penalty – jealousy. ~ Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.

Jealousy is always born with love, but does not die with it. In jealousy there is more of self-love than of love to another. ~ Francois de la Rochefoucauld.

There will be no common faith between those who share in power, and each man will be jealous of his associate. ~ Lucan.

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul. ~ John Dryden.

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

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

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.

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

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

Jealousy aims at the peaks; the winds storm the loftiest summits. ~ Ovid.

We are jealous of a rival, while we are envious of what other people have. ~ Jean le Rond d’Alembert.

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.

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.

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

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

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