inspirational quotes about envy and jealousy

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Envy is a bad emotion that eats up many of us. It prevents us from moving forward and fixates us on what others have, instead of what we want to do or what we want to have.

It is a gift to be able to let envy go, and it is life changing to turn the emotion around into a positive that motivates and inspires us. Here are some thoughts and inspirational quotes about envy to consider as you are moving forward with your life.

“The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.”

William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693

“Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.”

Spanish Proverb

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


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

François de la Rochefoucauld

“The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.”

Baltasar Gracián

“Envy is the coward side of Hate, and all her ways are bleak and desolate.”

Henry Abbey

“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 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

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


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

Carrie Fisher

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


“Our envy of others devours us most of all.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“Nothing sharpens sight like envy.”

Thomas Fuller

“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

“Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.”

Johann Von Goethe

“Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.”

François de la Rochefoucauld

“Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.”

John Gay

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

Havelock Ellis


“Envy shoots at others and wounds itself.”

English Proverb

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

Francis Bacon

“Envy is like a fly that passes all the body’s sounder parts, and dwells upon the sores.”

Arthur Chapman

“The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”


“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

“Envy is ignorance.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.”

Josh Billings

“Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.”

Elizabeth Bowen

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“The way you think about yourself determines your reality. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself.”

Shannon L. Alder

“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 an awkward homage which inferiority renders to merit.”

de Puixieux

“Jealousy is the dragon in paradise; the hell of heaven; and the most bitter of the emotions because associated with the sweetest.”

R. Orage

“Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.”

George Eliot

“Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.”

Honore de Balzac

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.”

Harold G. Coffin

“Jealousy injures us with the dagger of self-doubt.”

Terri Guillemets

“The Number our envious Persons, confirmation our capability.”

Oscar Wilde

“What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?”

Michael Connelly, The Last Coyote

“Jealousy is a disease, it’s like a poison.”

Francesca Marciano, Casa Rossa


“Jealousy is the loss of joy.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

“Envy is the coward side of Hate, and all her ways are bleak and desolate.”

Henry Abbey

“A show of envy is an insult to oneself.”

Yevgeny Alexandrovich Yevtushenko

Jealousy… is a mental cancer.

B.C. Forbes

“If a man realizes who he is, he will not be envious of others or condemn them because he knows his own value, uniqueness and peculiar contribution”

Sunday Adelaja

“The jealousy holds neither the colours and nor the places. It is voiceless and timeless a time bomb within you to blow up only you, not others.”

Ehsan Sehgal

“Do not envy the success of any person. But set your goal on a successful guy. Then this will make you succeed.”

Fahim Khan

“Fortunate is he who does not carry envy as a companion.”

Jalaluddin Rumi

“Never trust anyone who wants what you’ve got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.”

Eunice Blake

<p“Don’t envy my smile because it took me a lot of tears to get it. So when you see the glory, ask for the story.” >

Olawale Daniel

“Let us not look at the talents we wish we had or pine away for the gifts that are not ours but instead do the best we can with what we have.”

B.J. Richardson

“Haters never seem to realize that jealousy is an infinite torture to which you condemn yourself.”

Steve Maraboli

“Guard your heart against anger, bitterness, envy, jealousy….!”

Lailah Gifty Akita

“There are those who will resent you for not being confined by their limitations.”

Wayne Gerard Trotman

“Never be envious of what someone else has.You don’t know the price they paid to get it, and you don’t know the price they are paying to keep it.”

Stephan Labossiere

“Roots never get the appreciation that a flower does, but that doesn’t make them envious.”

Debasish Mridha

“People’s envy shows how unhappy they feel; their constant attention to the doings of others how bored they are.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena

“Be happy when people envy you, you are on the right path”

Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

“Negative experiences don’t create fears, doubts, anger, grudges, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, jealousy, stress or depression; one’s repeated negative interpretations of them do.”

Edmond Mbiaka

“Don’t waste your time being envious of what you don’t have or who you want to be. Instead, focus on what you do have and who you can become.”

April Mae Monterrosa

“To live with a mind full of grudges and jealousy, is to bargain to be constantly punished by negative feelings and emotions.”

Edmond Mbiaka

Which one of the above listed inspirational quotes about jealousy and envy is your favorite?

Envy and jealousy combined can ruin your relationship with your loved ones. Get rid of them as soon as possible and live a happy life full of love and hope.
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