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Quotations about Jealousy & Envy

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 Gracian
It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.
~Lawrence Durrell, Justine, 1957
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
Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.
~Spanish Proverb
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.
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 Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Envy is ignorance.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
O jealousy! thou magnifier of trifles.
~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
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"
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
As proofs of holy writ.

~William Shakespeare, Othello
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.
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

~William Shakespeare, Othello
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.
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, 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
And oft, my jealousy shapes faults that are not.
~William Shakespeare