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Quotations about Jealousy & Envy

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Jealousy.— Tormenting yourself for fear you should be tormented by another. ~"Specimens of a Patent Pocket Dictionary, For the use of those who wish to understand the meaning of things as well as words," The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, 1824

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

In jealousy there is more self-love than love.  ~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665

Envy is a waste of time.  ~Author Unknown

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

It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.  ~Lawrence Durrell, Justine, 1957

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

He that is not jealous is not in love.  ~St. Augustine

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

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

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

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

Pure love allows no room for jealousy. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

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

Envy is admiration in despair. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Calamities are of two kinds:  misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.  ~Ambrose Bierce

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 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 great exaggerator.  ~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, The Conspiracy of Fiesco, 1783

Jealousy and love are sisters.  ~Russian Proverb

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

Jealousy is an awkward homage which inferiority renders to merit.  ~Mme. de Puixieux

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

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

[T]he ear of jealousy heareth all things.  ~The Bible (Apocrypha), Wisdom of Solomon 1:10

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

Jealousy injures us with the dagger of self-doubt. ~Terri Guillemets

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

Envy is ignorance.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lessons from jealousy and anger:  sometimes the poison-keeper gets poisoned. ~Terri Guillemets

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

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

Jealousy is vengeful — not to its target but to ourselves. ~Terri Guillemets

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"

A woman never forgives the success of the man whom she refused to marry. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

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

Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong...
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [III, 3, Iago]

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

Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead. ~Mark Twain

Jealousy is always born with love, but does not always die with it.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.  ~Samuel Johnson, The Rambler

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

To be jealous is to rub salt into your own wounds. ~Terri Guillemets

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on...
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [III, 3, Iago]

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

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

Don't let your jealousy harden into hate. ~Terri Guillemets

A show of envy is an insult to oneself.  ~Yevgeny Alexandrovich Yevtushenko

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

The truest mark of being born with great qualities is being born without envy.  ~Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Jealousy is a crutch. ~Terri Guillemets

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 mental cancer. ~B.C. Forbes

If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill. ~Danish Proverb

Envy slays itself by its own arrows.  ~Author Unknown

...oft my jealousy
Shapes faults that are not..
~William Shakespeare, Othello, c.1604  [III, 3, Iago]

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