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Envy is an emotion that occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. Aristotle defined envy as pain at the sight of another’s good fortune, stirred by “those who have what we ought to have”.  A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.

Jealousy generally refers to the thoughts or feelings of insecurity, fear, and concern over a relative lack of possessions or safety. Jealousy can consist of one or more emotions such as anger, resentment, inadequacy, helplessness or disgust. The state or feeling of being jealous.

The main difference between envy and jealousy is that envy is the emotion of coveting what someone else has, while jealousy is the emotion related to fear that something you have will be taken away by someone else.

What is the difference between envy and jealousy?Looking to overcome envy and jealousy!!! Here are 70 best envy and jealousy quotes to pratice contentment and live a life of gratitude at all times.

Both envy and jealousy can involve tangible things (like a possession) and intangible ones (like a certain status, position, skill, trait, or relationship). Although envy and jealousy are sometimes used interchangeably, a distinction is often made relating to the amount of negativity.

Here are 70 of the best envy and jealousy quotes to be contented with what you have and appreciate yourself more.

The Best Envy And Jealousy Quotes

1 “They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

2 “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.”
― R. Ward, Dark Lover

3 “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

4 “Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.”
― Shannon Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late

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

6 “Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.”
― Lao Tzu

7 “I envy people that know love. That have someone who takes them as they are.”
― Jess C Scott, The Devilin Fey

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

9 “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”
― G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

10 “Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

11 “Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

Deep Envy And Jealousy Quotes

12 “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

13 “Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks.”
― Shannon L. Alder

14 “There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.”
― Shannon Alder

15 “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.”
― Anna Godbersen, Splendor

16 “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello

17  “And yes, I’ll admit, I am jealous. I’m jealous of every minute you spend with him, of every concerned expression you send his way, of every tear shed, of every glance, every touch, and every thought. I want to rip him to pieces and purge him from your mind and from your heart. But I can’t.”
― Colleen Houck

18 “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.”
― Lionel Shriver, Checker and the Derailleurs

19 “I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way and sees life not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand.”
― Shannon Alder

20 “The more you love,the more love you have to give.It’s the only feeling we have which is infinite…”
― Christina Westover, Precipice

Motivational Envy And Jealousy Quotes

21 “So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

22 “Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”
― François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

23 “Famous Harry Potter,” said Malfoy. “Can’t even go to a bookshop without making the front page.”
― K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

24 “You’re just jealous.”

25 “Hardly. Been there, done you. Adequate, but unremarkable.”
― Jennifer Estep, Spider’s Bite

26 “Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.”
― Shannon L. Alder

27 “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

28 “A coward talks to everyone but YOU.”
― Shannon L. Alder

29 “Men are jealous of every woman, even when they don’t have the slightest interest in her themselves.”
― Jan Neruda, Prague Tales

30 “Most haters are stuck in a poisonous mental prison of jealousy and self-doubt that blinds them to their own potentiality.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Touching Envy And Jealousy Quotes

31 “The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.”
― Salvador Dali

32 “Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.”
― Shannon L. Alder

33 “Dear Child,

Sometimes on your travel through hell, you meet people that think they are in heaven because of their cleverness and ability to get away with things. Travel past them because they don’t understand who they have become and never will. These types of people feel justified in revenge and will never learn mercy or forgiveness because they live by comparison. They are the people that don’t care about anyone, other than who is making them feel confident. They don’t understand that their deity is not rejoicing with them because of their actions, rather he is trying to free them from their insecurities, by softening their heart.

They rather put out your light than find their own. They don’t have the ability to see beyond the false sense of happiness they get from destroying others. You know what happiness is and it isn’t this. Don’t see their success as their deliverance. It is a mask of vindication which has no audience, other than their own kind.

They have joined countless others that call themselves “survivors”. They believe that they are entitled to win because life didn’t go as planned for them. You are not like them. You were not meant to stay in hell and follow their belief system. You were bound for greatness.

You were born to help them by leading. Rise up and be the light home. You were given the gift to see the truth. They will have an army of people that are like them and you are going to feel alone. However, your family in heaven stands beside you now.

They are your strength and as countless as the stars. It is time to let go! Love,
Your Guardian Angel”
― Shannon L. Alder

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

35 “If you swim effortlessly in the deep oceans, ride the waves to and from the shore, if you can breathe under water and dine on the deep treasures of the seas; mark my words, those who dwell on the rocks carrying nets will try to reel you into their catch. The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air.”
―  JoyBell C.

36 “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.”
― Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

37 “When emerging from humble beginnings, those around you tend to underestimate your authenticity because they knew you before you were ‘somebody’.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

38 “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

39 “I don’t understand women that call themselves a “bitch”. It doesn’t empower a woman. Rather, it reveals to everyone that you were deeply hurt at one time. Because of the pain your still carrying, you will continue to hurt anyone that reminds you of those moments when you let your guard down and were fooled. Sadly, it sends a clear message to the observant that you are still hurt. If only women would realize that “we all” have moments of stupidity then they would stop comparing themselves to the masses.”
― Shannon L. Alder

 40 “Jealousy’s a weak emotion.”
― Jay-Z

 41 “A person shows signs of clutching on too fast, of being needy, of not hearing the word “no,” of jealousy, of guarding you and your freedom. But the signs can be so small they skitter right past you. Sometimes they dance past, looking satiny, something you should applaud. Someone’s jealousy can make you feel good. Special. But it’s not even about you. It’s about a hand that is already gripping. It’s about their need, circling around your throat”
― Deb Caletti, Stay

 42 “I love being in love, but I also love other things, like not being jealous, overly sensitive, or needy.
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

 43 “What sort of love is permeated by jealousy? You are jealous because you are unaware that everything you need is inside you.”
― Peter Deunov

 44 “I am jealous of anyone who can make other people care so much.”
― David Levithan, Every Day

 45 “I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day—mock me horribly!”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

 46 “What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?”
― Michael Connelly, The Last Coyote

 47 “Yet he was jealous, though he did not show it, For jealousy dislikes the world to know it.”
― Lord Byron

 48 “Love” is a that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own…Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy”
― Robert Heinlein

 49 “You can’t be yourself within jealousy.”
― Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

 50 “[M]en, though they know full well how much women are worth and how great the benefits we bring them, nonetheless seek to destroy us out of envy for our merits. It’s just like the crow, when it produces white nestlings: it is so stricken by envy, knowing how black it is itself, that it kills its own offspring out of pique.”
― Moderata Fonte, The Worth of Women: Wherein Is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men

 51 “Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.”
― George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

 52 “There’s always this one girl. She’s desperate and she’s weird and she’s jealous, and you’re stuck with her, no matter how hard you try to get her off your back. Just throw some really fucked-up self-esteem issues into the mix and you have Kara.”
― Courtney Summers, Some Girls Are

 53 “The moment you have to recruit people to put another person down, in order to convince someone of your value is the day you dishonor your children, your parents and your God. If someone doesn’t see your worth the problem is them, not people outside your relationship.”
― Shannon L. Alder

 54 “Jealousy appears to be a redoubtable pitfall for love, on the toll road of self-absorption and unshareability. When love has to remain cloistered and ostentatiously exclusionary, envy may show its pernicious power, cause wounding harms and unchain emotional twisters. (“Why has Shé got stars in the sky?”)”
― Erik Pevernagie

 55 “Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.”
― Joseph Addison

 56 “I refused to believe that love could take any other form than mine: I measured love by the extent of my jealousy, and by that standard of course she could not love me at all.”
― Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

 57 “Jealousy is love in competition.”
― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

58 “Instead of playing to win, I was playing not to lose. It reminds me of the story I once heard about two friends being chased by a bear, when one turned to the other and said, “I just realized that I don’t need to outrun the bear; I only need to outrun you.”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

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

Inspirational Envy And Jealousy Quotes

60 “Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority: envy our uneasiness under it.” – William Shenstone

61 “Envy slays itself by its own arrows.”- Author Unknown

62 “The truest mark of being born with great qualities is being born without envy.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

63 “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

64  “A show of envy is an insult to oneself.” – Yevgeny Alexandrovich Yevtushenko

65 “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

66 “Envy assails the noblest: the winds howl around the highest peaks.” – Ovid

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

68 “Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.” – Mark Twain

69 “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

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

 

 

 

 

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