101 Quotes About Jealousy And Envy Which Reveal Their Destructive Nature

One of the seven deadly sins is jealousy (envy) and this explains why we should keep away from this vice. This can be the root cause of many unending problems, hence, we should not let it crop up within us. However, as human beings we tend to get jealous of some people around us, be it their success or the sheer favour luck showers on them. Sometimes we only get the aerial view of people’s lives and get envious about it without knowing the hard work which was invested into it. On the other hand, we cannot always deem this emotion as bad because sometimes it is thought to be a parameter to find if someone truly cares for you. There have been many occasions when it was this which triggered the dormant emotion in people making them realize how much they loved the other person. But this jealousy is not the kind of malicious one which leads to horrendous results; rather, it sows the seed of blooming relationships. Good or bad, harmful or harmless, the feeling of jealousy has multidimensionality and many people have seen it in several ways. Below are a few observations about jealousy which will keep you thinking.

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

- Dark Lover, J.R. Ward

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

- The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman, H.G. Wells

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

- Bette Midler

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

- The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey

Well, I'm so sorry that I can't be the right kind of monster for you, Bella.

- New Moon, Stephenie Meyer

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

- Carrie Fisher

Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn't change the heart of others-- it only changes yours.

- 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It's Too Late, Shannon L. Alder

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.

- Splendor, Anna Godbersen

She had loved him for such a long time, she thought. How was it that she did now know him at all?

- Clockwork Prince, Cassandra Clare

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.

- Checker and the Derailleurs, Lionel Shriver

The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.

- Shannon L. Alder

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock The meat it feeds on.

- Othello, William Shakespeare

Earthquakes just happen. Tornadoes just happen. Your tongue does not just happen to fall into some other girls mouth!

- Deadly Cool, Gemma Halliday

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

- The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

Margaret was not a ready lover, but where she loved she loved passionately, and with no small degree of jealousy.

- North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell

The more you love,the more love you have to give.It's the only feeling we have which is infinite...

- Precipice, Christina Westover

Men are jealous of every woman, even when they don't have the slightest interest in her themselves.

- Prague Tales, Jan Neruda

And I got out of there without punching anyone, kicking anyone, or breaking down in tears. Some days the small victories are all you achieve.

- Relatively Honest, Molly Ringle

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

- Shannon L. Alder

I've never been jealous before I met you, it burns, luv. Like silver through my veins. Some nights, watching you with other men on your jobs, I think it will drive me mad. (Bones)

- At Grave's End, Jeaniene Frost

So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.

- Hamlet, William Shakespeare

For a second I was almost jealous of the clouds. Why was he looking to them for an escape when I was right here beside him?

- Kartography, Kamila Shamsie

Nothing brings on jealousy like laughter.

- That Mad Ache & Translator, Françoise Sagan

He seems like a man who knows what he wants, and the problem is he wants what I want.

- Breathe, Abbi Glines

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

- Salvador Dalí

Most haters are stuck in a poisonous mental prison of jealousy and self-doubt that blinds them to their own potentiality.

- Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience, Steve Maraboli

You're just jealous." "Hardly. Been there, done you. Adequate, but unremarkable.

- Spider's Bite, Jennifer Estep

I had a good teacher." "Better not have been Myrnin or I'll have to kick his predatory ass." "I mean you, dummy.

- Ghost Town, Rachel Caine

A coward talks to everyone but YOU.

- Shannon L. Alder

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

- François de La Rochefoucauld

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

- Havelock Ellis

Famous Harry Potter," said Malfoy. "Can't even go to a bookshop without making the front page.

- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

You can't be yourself within jealousy.

- Master of Stupidity, Toba Beta

He was jealous of her future, and she of his past.

- Delta of Venus, Anaïs Nin

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.

- Laughable Loves, Milan Kundera

Envy is for people who don't have the self-esteem to be jealous.

- Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic, Bauvard

Jealousy's a weak emotion.

- Jay-Z

Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.

- Shannon L. Alder

Jealousy is love in competition.

- My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut, Toba Beta

Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.

- Shannon L. Alder

They'll say you are bad or perhaps you are mad or at least you should stay undercover. Your mind must be bare if you would dare to think you can love more than one lover.

- David Rovics

When emerging from humble beginnings, those around you tend to underestimate your authenticity because they knew you before you were 'somebody'.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

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

- Peter Deunov

Everythin' seems ter happen ter you, doesn' it?

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

My jealousy is a living thing. Shifting, changing, growing. Like my rage and my mother's regret.

- The Sea of Tranquility, Katja Millay

Hello, luv," he says through a thick curtain of blue hair. "Hope I'm...interrupting.

- Unhinged, A.G. Howard

For God's sake, let's take the word 'possess' and put a brick round its neck and drown it ... We can't possess one another. We can only give and hazard all we have.

- Busman's Honeymoon, Dorothy L. Sayers

What? Just because I can't have you right now, doesn't mean I'm okay with him having you.

- Losing It, Cora Carmack

I love being in love, but I also love other things, like not being jealous, overly sensitive, or needy.


- Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91., Dark Jar Tin Zoo

When jealousy rears up, it indicates that something inside of you is afraid. It's an alarm, nothing less and nothing more. Treat it as such.

- Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory, Anthony D. Ravenscroft

I really am happy for Kiley. And for you and every other happily married lady. Except for that I'm not happy for you. I kind of want you all to drop dead.

- Attachments, Rainbow Rowell

When I thought of Eric with someone else, I wanted to rip out all his beautiful blonde hair. By the roots. In clumps.

- Dead Reckoning, Charlaine Harris

What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?

- The Last Coyote, Michael Connelly

It was one thing to accept I couldn't have Dimitri. It was something entirely different to realize someone else could.

- Frostbite, Richelle Mead

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

- The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot

Animals don't know as much about jealousy as people, but they're not ignorant of it, either.

- The Waste Lands, Stephen King

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

Too bad,Elizabeth. You're Stuck with me.Not for a few decades,not for centuries. You're tied to me forever. That boy and girl offspring you talked off? They'll come from me--or no one.

- Lothaire, Kresley Cole

Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?

- The Life of Samuel Johnson, Samuel Johnson

There will always be haters. And the more you grow the more they hate; the more they hate the more you grow.

- Anthony Liccione

It's a bad word, 'belong.' Especially when you put it with somebody you love ... You can't own a human being.

- Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

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

- Meitantei Konan, Gosho Aoyama

Jealousy is an ugly emotion that makes people do some seriously whacked shit and when a woman is experiencing it, it's worse.

- Motorcycle Man, Kristen Ashley

True confidence is not about what you take from someone to restore yourself, but what you give back to your critics because they need it more than you do.

- Shannon L. Alder

Even now, Dickon was upstairs, writing sonnets to his new love, while back at Seadown House, Marianne was writing 'Ella' on scraps of paper and then burning them.

- Princess of Glass, Jessica Day George

When you have been just told that the girl you love is definitely betrothed to another, you begin to understand how Anarchists must feel when the bomb goes off too soon.

- Summer Lightning, P.G. Wodehouse

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

- Othello, William Shakespeare

Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they've never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.

- Maureen Dowd

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

- Jacinto Benavente

Would that thy love, beloved, had less trust in me, that it might be more anxious!

- The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse, Héloïse d'Argenteuil

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

- George Bernard Shaw

Envy suggests inferiority.

- Wayne Gerard Trotman

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

- Colette

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

- The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir, Yvonne Pierre

Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.

- Middlemarch, George Eliot

Jealousy is a disease, it's like a poison.

- Casa Rossa, Francesca Marciano

Jealousy always trumps schadenfreude! It's a rule from the heartbreak version of ‘rock, paper, scissors.

- I Don't Care About Your Band: Lessons Learned from Indie Rockers, Julie Klausner

There is no envy, jealousy, or hatred between the different colors of the rainbow. And no fear either. Because each one exists to make the others' love more beautiful.

- Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry, Aberjhani

Fame is a jealous mistress And will brook no rival.

- Kural, Thiruvalluvar

JEALOUS, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.

- The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce

The enemy stays in the hearts of friends. Watch what your friends know about you and watch what you tell your friends, remember, egoism breeds jealousy and ends a relationship in discord.

- Michael Bassey Johnson

A jealous husband is an ugly thing.

- Murder Suicide, Keith Ablow

Maybe that was the root of my dislike for her: she had what I wanted, which earned her my jealousy, and since I was ashamed of myself for wanting it, my scorn, as well.

- Bleeds My Desire, Nenia Campbell

Beware of those who criticize you when you deserve some praise for an achievement, for it is they who secretly desire to be worshiped.

- Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem, Suzy Kassem

The woman at the next table is making eyes at you," Lanie said, whispering conspiratorially. "Really? What does she make them out of? Cloth?

- The Do-Over, M.K. Schiller

I'm not equipped to handle what she has, both good and bad and what she has is always a package deal of both. In other words, I've been assigned a load I can handle.

- Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, Lysa TerKeurst

What was it about that short creature with her wild hair and spurious air of purity and why would anyone much less two men love her and to such disastrous ends.

- Envy, Anna Godbersen

...there was a natural comorbidity between sexual appetite and sexual jealousy, between the desire to fuck and the desire to kill.

- Big in Japan: A (Hungry) Ghost Story, M. Thomas Gammarino

I wonder if Blue knows she's repainting her room.I wonder if he's asking if she wants a ride to the party tonight.I wonder if he knows what being strangled feels like.

- The Collector, Victoria Scott

He had been dazzled. Because of the dazzling brightness, he had had to kill [Seigen]. All who had encountered Seigen had had their hearts stolen by that brightness. That envy had turned to malice.

- シグルイ 15, Takayuki Yamaguchi

My dear young lady, when you are in love, and jealous, and have been flogged by the Inquisition, there's no knowing what you may do.

- Candide, Voltaire

Merry hearts are vulnerable to death, don't be over-joyed to the state of oblivion, lest the enemy poison your meal.

- Michael Bassey Johnson

Animosity killed the elephant.

- Kevin Dalton

She shall scant show well that now shows best.

- Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

To , nothing is more frightful than laughter.

- فرانسواز ساجان

I do think he hated him as one man will hate another who draws off the affection of a beloved.

- Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks

من قال لك أن درب الجنة معبد بالورود؟

- قالوا, أحمد خيري العمري

Segala kejahatan manusia dan kesuksesan manusia diawali oleh satu hal yang sama : iri hati. Terserah manusianya, rasa ini mau diarahkan ke kebaikan atau ke kejahatan.

- Ada Sesuatu Di Kamar Mandi, Maria Magdalena

He was smiling at her like she was something special. Did I agree with this smile? Maybe.

- Converting The Bad Boy, Aishabella Sheikh

If only you could see the greatness in yourself, you wouldn't envy the greatness in others.

- Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem, Suzy Kassem

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