130 Jealousy And Envy Quotes To Make You Live More Freely

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 130 of the best jealousy and envy quotes I could find. The goal? To inspire you and make you realize you are better than this toxic state. You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Aristotle, Emerson, and more. Enjoy!

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Whoever envies another confesses his superiority. Samuel Johnson

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Comparison is the thief of joy. Theodore Roosevelt

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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Ann Brashares

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A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. Seneca

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


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

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Envy is pain at the good fortune of others. Aristotle

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

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The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build. Margaret Thatcher

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To live without comparison is to remove a tremendous burden. Jiddu Krishnamurti


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

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No one can have all he wants, but a man can refrain from wanting what he has not, and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand. Seneca

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

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

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The little “me” is jealous. The true self is content. Maxime Lagacé


The Best Jealousy And Envy Quotes

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It is not greed that drives the world, but envy. Warren Buffett

Nothing sharpens sight like envy. Thomas Fuller

Envy is the central fact of American life. Gore Vidal

Nothing brings on jealousy like laughter. Françoise Sagan

Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied. Mark Twain

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

The fastest way to lose friends and alienate people is to get better and improve yourself. Life Math Money

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Jealousy is the only vice that gives no pleasure. Patrick Henry

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

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


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

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

Jealousy is information. It tells you what you desire, what you admire, what you despise in yourself. You could learn from the person you envy if you weren’t blinded by resentment. Learning feels better than loathing. The Stoic Emperor

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

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

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

A little jealousy can be a good thing, for we may be reminded to appreciate what we have. Shane Parrish

You’re subject to sorrow, fear, jealousy, anger and inconsistency. That’s the real reason you should admit that you are not wise. Marcus Aurelius

Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours. Epictetus

Comparison will kill you. Be you. Gary Goodridge (Source)

What Is Jealousy? What Is Envy?

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

Jealousy is the most dreadfully involuntary of all sins. Iris Murdoch

Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire. Susan Cain

Envy is a declaration of inferiority. Napoleon Bonaparte

For most of us, envy is the basis of our actions; remove envy and we feel we are lost. All our effort is towards success, and in that there is envy; behind that envy there is fear. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

Related: 5 Reasons Why Jealousy Is a Good Thing (huffingtonpost.com)

Part 2. Jealousy And Envy Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Jealousy And Envy Quotes

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Searching for a famous jealousy quote? Check out those by Emerson, Shakespeare, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, etc.
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The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring. Victor Hugo

Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes. William Shakespeare

Transform jealousy to admiration, and what you admire will become part of your life. Yoko Ono

Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that. Dalai Lama

Jealousy is a miserable feeling. It means you aspire to something that you cannot have. Sophia Loren

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, an eminently credulous and suspicious passion, allows fancy the greatest possible play. But it does not bestow wit, it banishes all sense. Honoré de Balzac

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surely… None of them can hurt me. Don’t waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people… It will keep you from doing anything useful. Why do you not rather act than complain? Marcus Aurelius

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Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little. Gore Vidal

Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly. Malcolm X

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. Mother Teresa

Short Jealousy And Envy Quotes

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You can’t be yourself within jealousy. Toba Beta

Envy creates silent enemies. Robert Greene

Never outshine the master. Robert Greene

Our culture is based on envy. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Envy aims very high. Ovid

It is better to be envied than pitied. Herodotus

There is more self-love than love in jealousy. François de La Rochefoucauld

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

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Envy is an insult to oneself. Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Envy motivates a lot of people. Shia LaBeouf

Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one’s own inferiority. It is a mental cancer. B. C. Forbes

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

Nobody is ever jealous about the process, only the results. Regan Jacklin (Source)

Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul. John Dryden

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Envy suggests inferiority. Wayne Gerard Trotman

A sign of wealth: no envy, no fear. Greg Isenberg


Inspirational Jealousy And Envy Quotes

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

Growth will convert your doubters better than verbal defensiveness. Outgrow your critics in every sense. The Stoic Emperor

Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts. Jean Vanier

Everyone experiences bouts of jealousy; but the dignified person conceals it, while the vulgar one acts upon it. Ibn Taymiyyah

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

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

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they’re big, flashing signs that something needs to change. Gretchen Rubin

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. Petrarch

Afflictive emotions – our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear – can be put to an end. When you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned. Dalai Lama

The best way to avoid envy is to deserve the success you get. Aristotle

Funny Jealousy And Envy Quotes

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

I envy people who drink – at least they know what to blame everything on. Oscar Levant

If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher. Debbie Macomber

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

A jealous woman does better research than FBI. Unknown

Deep Jealousy And Envy Sayings

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Jealousy implies dissatisfaction with what you are. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jealousy is a keen observer, but looks for all the wrong signs. H. L. Mencken

Pride, envy, avarice – these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men. Dante Alighieri

Envy was once considered to be one of the seven deadly sins before it became one of the most admired virtues under its new name, “social justice.” Thomas Sowell

Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of peoples vacations was considered a punishment. Betty White

We are always trying to become something else. We are always trying to become noble, to become a hero, an example, an ideal; and if we really go behind this urge to become, we will find that there is envy and that behind that envy there is fear, the fear of what one is. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Throughout life, from childhood, from school until we die, we are taught to compare ourselves with another; yet when I compare myself with another I am destroying myself. Jiddu Krishnamurti

As we are — the world is. That is, if we are greedy, envious, competitive, our society will be competitive, envious, greedy, which brings misery and war. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

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

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

Jealousy can open the blood, it can make black roses. Sylvia Plath

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

Now think of the things which goad man into destroying man: they are hope, envy, hatred, fear and contempt. Marcus Aurelius

Yet he was jealous, though he did not show it, for jealousy dislikes the world to know it. Lord Byron

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

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

Jealousy sees things always with magnifying glasses which make little things large, of dwarfs giants, of suspicions truths. Miguel de Cervantes

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

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

Jealousy is one of the wickedest of all the passions. But reprehensible though it is, jealousy is almost rather to be pitied than blamed – its first victims are those who harbor the feeling. Arthur Lynch

Jealousy or a zero-sum view of success, someone else getting all the attention. Jerry Neumann

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

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

Related: Mental Model: Bias from Envy and Jealousy (fs.blog)

Wise Jealousy And Envy Sayings

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Don’t be envious. Be inspired. Thibaut

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all. Joseph Epstein

Maybe jealousy and envy would fade if we knew the full story behind success. Maybe we would be less likely to put people on a pedestal. James Clear

It’s such a poisonous emotion because, at the end of the day, you’re no better off, you’re unhappier, and the person you’re jealous of is still successful or good-looking or whatever they are. Naval Ravikant

Do you want to be that person with all of their reactions, their desires, their family, their happiness level, their outlook on life, and their self image? If you’re not willing to do a whole sale, 24/7, 100% swap with who that person is, then there’s no point in being jealous. Naval Ravikant

Envy and jealousy are the private parts of the human soul. Perhaps the comparison can be extended. Friedrich Nietzsche

Jealousy is beautiful only on a young and ardent face. After the first wrinkles, trust must return. Alfred Capus

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The poor man is ruined as soon as he begins to ape the rich. Publius Syrus (The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus, Amazon book)

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

Envy shoots at others and wounds itself. English proverb

When you criticize someone, see if you are doing it out of envy. Your criticism reveals more about yourself than you realize. Haemin Sunim

When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others. Robert Greene

Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more approachable. Robert Greene

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

We experience envy when the quality we feel inferior about threatens our self-concept. Shane Parrish

Envy of others is always a reflection of something we feel about ourselves. Shane Parrish

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

Related: A Helpful Guide to Overcoming Envy (becomingminimalist.com)

Part 3. Conclusion

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Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate. William Arthur Ward

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maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

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