Quotes On Jealousy: 25 Amazing Retroactive Jealousy Quotes

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by Jeff Billings in Retroactive Jealousy Blog
August 12, 2016
Quotes on Jealousy

If you suffer from retroactive jealousy ocd, I’ve collected together my favorite quotes on jealousy here for you. Feeling anxious whenever you think about your boyfriend’s past? Or do you want to throw up every time you think about your girlfriend’s sexual history?

These quotes on jealousy can help!

Or maybe your partner is upset about your romantic or sexual past? Maybe your girlfriend is constantly quizzing you about some ex you couldn’t give two cents about anymore? Or maybe your boyfriend has called you a slut for sleeping with thirty guys?

Needless to say, all of this can cause a major strain on a relationship. But don’t worry — these jealousy quotes can offer some small relief.

Sometimes the wise words of others can soothe our irrational thoughts and emotions. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite quotes on jealousy.

There’s some good advice in there that all goes toward the big picture of learning how to beat retroactive jealousy. So without further ado, here’s my all-time top 25 quotes on jealousy.


Quotes On Jealousy To Make You Think

“Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.”
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.”
— Aphra Behn

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

“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 one of the wickedest of all the passions. It is that which has been the most fruitful mother of tragedies, murders, and wars. But reprehensible though it is, jealousy is almost rather to be pitied than blamed–its first victims are those who harbour the feeling.”
— Arthur Lynch

“Jealousy – that sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation – can overtake your mind and threaten your very core as you contemplate your rival.”
— Helen Fisher

“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

“There’s no regret. You can’t regret. I mean, I’ve felt regret but I’ve also refused to allow regret to sow a seed and live in me because I don’t believe it. You feel it, it’s like guilt, it’s like jealousy, it’s like all those horrible things. You’ve just got to snip them and get them out, because they’re no good.”
—Jude Law

“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

“It would be impossible to estimate how much time and energy we invest in trying to fix, change and deny our emotions – especially the ones that shake us at our very core, like hurt, jealousy, loneliness, shame, rage and grief.”
— Debbie Ford


Here’s A Jealousy Quote Or Two To Make You Smile

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

“More men die of jealousy than of cancer.”
— Joseph P. Kennedy

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

And A Quote About Jealousy That Simply Says It Like It is

“Jealousy’s a weak emotion.”
― Jay-Z

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

“The knives of jealousy are honed on details.”
— Ruth Rendell

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

“You can’t be yourself within jealousy.”
― Toba Beta

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


Know any great quotes on jealousy that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments section below. And if you need help learning how to get over your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s past be sure to check out my course “Overcoming Retroactive Jealousy 101”. My book “The Ultimate Retroactive Jealousy Cure: How To Stop Being Jealous Of Your Partner’s Past in 12 Steps” and One-On-One Retroactive Jealousy Coaching.


1 Comment
  1. Mary Anne says:

    Love love love these. So inspirational for people like me struggling with jealousy over our partner’s pasts.

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