110 Best Jealousy And Envy Quotes About Friends

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Best jealousy and envy quotes about friends.


I know what it’s like to feel both jealous and envious, and I also know how it feels when someone is acting that way toward me.

I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that I’ve been jealous in a relationship, and even envious of my close friends. But this quote by De philosopher DJ Kyos makes me feel just a little bit better about it:

“To be jealous is human nature, but what you do or say when you’re jealous, that is a choice or action chosen by you.”

Jealousy is normal. The true test lies in how you act even though your jealousy has shown up. The same goes for envy.

On my personal growth journey, it’s important for me to stop and reflect whenever envy or jealousy shows up. 

If I’m feeling envy toward a best friend, is it because deep down I admire what they’ve done and I also want that for myself? If yes, envy just helped me realize what my next goal will be. Or maybe, I have low self-esteem / I’m insecure about something. How can I better believe in myself going forward, then? How can I remind myself that I’m enough?

Maybe with some affirmations 🙂 

If I’m feeling jealous about an interaction someone had without me, are there boundaries that I need to set? Conversations I need to have? Is my jealousy warranted? Or is it unreasonable?

These are all questions I ask myself to better understand the feelings that are brought up by envy and jealousy.


The Difference Between Jealousy and Envy

Jealousy, according to Psychology Today, “always involves a third party seen as a rival for affection or attention”. Jealousy often comes into play in relationships, where one person may be jealous of an interaction between a person in the relationship and an outsider.

Envy is the feeling that comes up when you want something that someone else has. Whether that’s attention, money, popularity, love, etc., envy has a way of sneaking up on us when we least expect it.

Neither emotion feels great, and both can bring up really strong feelings of inadequacy, fear, and/or anger.

The good news is that if you can work to understand why you might be feeling that way, jealousy and envy can be great tools for better understanding yourself.

Here are the best friends jealousy quotes.


110 Friends Jealousy Quotes


Quotes For Haters and Jealous Friends

If you have friends or people around you that are jealous of you, remember these quotes.


1. “Dear haters, jealousy is a terrible disease, get well soon.” – Anonymous

2. “Some people won’t like you because you remind them of what they lack.”

3. “Most people just want to see you fall, that’s more reason to stand tall.” – Emma Michelle

4. “Never dull your shine to make others feel more comfortable. That’s their responsibility, not yours.”

5. “People that are jealous and envious of you are too freaking lazy to step up their own game.” – April Mae Monterrosa

6. “Play close attention to the people who don’t clap when you win.” – Anonymous

7. “Most haters are stuck in a poisonous mental prison of jealousy and self-doubt that blinds them to their own potentiality.” – Steve Maraboli

8. “Cheers to my Haters, There is so much more to come!” – Leonardo DiCaprio

9. “There will always be haters. And the more you grow the more they hate; the more they hate the more you grow.” – Anthony Liccione

10. “Jealous people want to see you do good, but never better than them.” – Unknown


Jealousy is natural but it isn't necessary


11. “People only love to bring up your past when they’re threatened by your present.” – Unknown

12. “Jealousy only eats up your beauty. Have faith in yourself. You have something that others don’t.” – Unknown

13. “Jealousy is natural but it isn’t necessary.” – Unknown

14. “Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor’s buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.” – George Eliot

15. “Nothing brings on jealousy like laughter.” – Françoise Sagan

16. “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

17. “Jealousy is a disease, it’s like a poison.” – Francesca Marciano

18. “Aside from the real threats that are often present in our lives, there are other triggers of jealousy that are rooted in our own problems.” – Ryan Help

19. “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.” – Anthony D. Ravenscroft

20. “Jealousy is natural, but whatever you do, don’t let it consume you.”

21. “Jealousy results from lack of respect towards self.” – Anoir Ou-Chad

22. “If you let jealousy linger, it’ll distract you from what’s really important in life.”


Friendship Jealousy Quotes

Here are more friends jealousy quotes about why jealousy isn’t necessary.


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

24. “People hate those who make them feel their own inferiority.” – Lord Chesterfield

25. “You can’t be friends with someone who wants your life.” – Oprah Winfrey

26. “A jealous close friend is worse than a friendly hidden enemy.” – Unknown

27. “Some people only hate you because of the way other people love you.” – Unknown

28. “They are not jealous of what you have. They are jealous of what they can’t have.” – Unknown

29. “Any friend that turned into an enemy has been hating since day one.” – Unknown

30. “A flower never thinks of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” – Unknown

31. “There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy.” – Lope de Vega

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

33. “Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

35. “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.” – Jennifer James

36. “Stop jealousy in its tracks when you feel it coming on. It does no good, and it’s an awfully good liar, too.” 

37. “Don’t waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind.” – Mary Schmich

38. “Jealousy is a wasted emotion. You already have all you need within you.” – Oprah Winfrey

39. “Jealousy kills joy.”

40. “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


Oprah Winfrey quote


More Friends Jealousy Quotes

We all experience the feelings of envy/jealousy in our lives — it’s a normal feeling. But what we do with that envy/jealousy is what really matters.


41. “Some people talk about other people’s failures with so much pleasure that you would swear they are talking about their own successes.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

42. “People throw rocks at things that shine.” – Taylor Swift

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

44. “Anger, resentment, and jealousy don’t change the heart of others – it only changes yours.” – Shannon Alder

45. “Jealousy’s a weak emotion.” – Jay-Z

46. “If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.” – Mother Teresa

47. “He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.” – Buddha

48. “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.” – Margaret Atwood

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

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

51. “There is never jealousy where there is not strong regard.” – Washington Irving

52. “Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.” – Erica Jong

53. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

54. “Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive.” – Havelock Ellis

55. “Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.” – Fulton J. Sheen


Bette Midler quote


Quotes about Jealous Minds

Here are a few very wise quotes about jealousy.


56. “The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.” – William Penn

57. “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

58. “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” – William Shakespeare

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

60.  “Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.” – George Bernard Shaw

61. “The venom clamors of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.” – William Shakespeare

62. “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

63. “The surest route to breeding jealousy is to compare. Since jealousy comes from feeling less than another, comparisons only fan the fires.” – Dorothy Corkille Briggs

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

65. “To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.” – Francoise Sagan

66. “Jealousy injures us with the dagger of self-doubt.” – Terri Guillemets

67. “Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties.” – Gene Tierney

68. “Jealousy is just a tap on the shoulder to remind you of the direction you want to go in.”

69. “Jealousy dislikes the world to know it.” – Lord Byron

70. “Jealousy is the great exaggerator.” – Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

71. “What is jealousy but a reflection of your own failures?” – Michael Connelly


Napoleon quote about jealousy


Quotes About Excessive Jealousy

Jealousy can teach us about what it is we really want, if we pay attention to it when it washes over us. Here are quotes about the impacts of excessive jealousy.


72. “If you’re jealous of someone else it simply means you have not come to a true acceptance and appreciation of yourself.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

73. “Unhappiness is best and often concealed with a smile; jealousy, with a compliment.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

74. “Never has jealousy added to character, never does it make the individual big and fine.” – Emma Goldman

75. “To be jealous is human nature, but what you do or say when you’re jealous, that is a choice or action chosen by you.” – De philosopher DJ Kyos

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

77. “Jealousy is a tiger that tears not only its prey but also its own raging heart!” – Anonymous

78. “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

79. “Jealousy is the result of one’s lack of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-acceptance.” – Sasha Azevedo

80. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

81. “Jealousy sometimes doesn’t live far. So know your circle. At the end of the day real situations expose fake people so pay attention.” – Trent Shelton

82. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.” – Ann Brashares

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

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

85. “Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what they have been through.” – Sam Cawthorn

86. “To live without comparison is to remove a tremendous burden.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

87. “Appreciation > jealousy.”

88. “It feels so much better to admire someone than to be envious of them.”

89. “If someone has something you want, go get it yourself.”


Teddy Roosevelt quote


More Quotes About Feelings of Envy 

Envy is just as powerful as jealousy. Both can be very damaging, but also very eye-opening. Here are the best quotes about envy.


90. “Our envy of others devours us most of all.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

92. “It is not greed that drives the world, but envy.” – Warren Buffett

93. “Whoever envies another confesses his superiority.” – Samuel Johnson

94. “You could learn from the person you envy if you weren’t blinded by resentment. Learning feels better than loathing.” – The Stoic Emperor

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

96. “Envy is a declaration of inferiority.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

97. “Jealousy is information. It tells you what you desire, what you admire, what you despise in yourself.” – The Stoic Emperor

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

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

100. “Comparison is a very foolish attitude, because each person is unique and incomparable. Once this understanding settles in you, jealousy disappears.” – Rajneesh

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

102. “Envy is ignorance.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

103. “Don’t be envious. Be inspired.” – Thibaut

104. “When you’re ambitious, it’s really hard to be supportive of other people. But it’s our job to try, even though one gets jealous.” – Squeak Carnwath

105. “Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly.” – Malcolm X

106. “To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self.” – Joan Didion

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

108. “Envy is pain at the good fortune of others.” – Aristotle

109. “The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.” – Margaret Thatcher

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


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