90 Eye-Opening Quotes On Jealousy In Relationships

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Jealousy will do no good for a relationship. On the other hand, it leads to rifts in a relationship and makes life complicated for the couple. We bring you some thought-provoking quotes on jealousy in relationships in this post. Jealousy often comes from possessiveness and lack of understanding between a couple. It restricts couples from having a peaceful union and triggers insecurity and emotional outbursts. In this post, we have collection of several quotes that will help you understand jealousy between couples and broaden your perspective on relationships.

Jealousy Quotes In A Relationship

Jealousy is an intense emotion that ruins your relationship and life. Here are some quotes that tell you about its damaging effects.


2. “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

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

4. “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself, Love possesses not nor would it be possessed: For love is sufficient unto love.” – Kahlil Gibran

5. “Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.” – John Dryden

6. “For God’s sake, let’s take the word ‘possess’ and put brick around its neck and drown it. We can’t possess one another. We can only give and hazard all we have.” – Dorothy L. Sayers

7. “The ugliest trait everyone should avoid is jealousy.”

8. “Jealousy is a disease that if not cured, will destroy the entire humanity.”

9. “I believe that there is no difference between jealousy and insecurity at all.”

10. “Jealousy is not good for your health. It is a silent killer, an untreatable disease.”

11. “Jealousy is a strong emotion that can break any strong relationship.”

12. “A person that is full of jealousy lacks confidence and trust.”

13. “I hope everybody understands why someone is jealous of something. It is because jealous people feel threatened that someone might take away what belongs to them.”

14. “Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.”

15. “You cannot tell your mind what to feel and not to feel when you are jealous. It is like a poison that will slowly kill you.”

16. “Being jealous is normal, but when you have too much jealousy, then there must be something wrong. Jealousy is not good for your body and mind.”

17. “Jealousy is always there, but you can avoid it if you have plenty of trust and love. Always keep in mind that there are more beautiful things life is offering us than all these negativities in life.”

18. “I would love to live in a world that is free of jealousy and whose people can be trusted.”

19. “When you focus on love, you come to a point in your relationship from a positive perspective that opens up better things. When you become jealous, it can consume you narrowing your perspective from a negative point devouring the good you’ve built with your partner.”


21. “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

22. “I am jealous of everybody who is with you when I am not with you. Everybody who passes you in the street. Yeah, you could say I’m jealous.” ~ Blackpool

23. “Feeling jealous shows me, loud and clear, that I am stifling my soul.”

24. “Jealousy is just lack of self-confidence.”

25. “The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.”

26. “Jealousy is a strong emotion that can break any strong relationship.”

27. “Jealousy only eats up your beauty, have more faith in yourself, you got something that other people don’t.”

28. “Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”

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


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

32. “Don’t let insecure thoughts ruin something amazing.”

33. “Suspicion and jealousy are the death knell of any relationship.”

34. “Jealousy is a disease, get well soon.”

35. “Don’t let jealousy fool you. It’s just another name for insecurity.”

36. “Jealousy isn’t a female trait. Jealousy is an insecure trait. Insecurity doesn’t discriminate.”

37. “Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits.”

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

39. “Love shouldn’t be about jealousy or anything close to that. It should be about commitment, respect, and trust. If you can’t have that from the get-go, there’s a problem.”


41. “Jealousy is a painful passion; yet without some share of it, the agreeable affection of love has difficulty to subsist in its full force and violence.”

42. “Being with an insanely jealous person is like being in the room with a dead mammoth.”

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

44. “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

Insecurity Relationship Quotes

Insecurity touches everyone’s lives at some point or the other. Even the most confident people have insecurities. However, insecurity in relationships leads to a host of problems and issues. Here are some insecurity quotes that sum them all:

45. The steps of insecurity: comparison, compensation, competition, compulsion, condemnation, control.

46. You act like it’s you against the world but it’s really just you against yourself.

47. “Insecurity for me, feels like the sensation of suffocating.” – Tyler Joseph

48. “Anger is a manifestation of a deeper issue and that, for me is based on insecurity, self-esteem, and loneliness.” – Naomi Campbell

49. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”  ― Steven Furtick


51. “Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.” – Stacy London

52. “Insecurity is a side effect of loving too much but receiving too little in return.”

53. Relationships fail because people take their insecurities and try and twist them into their partner’s flaws.” – Baylor Barbee

54. “Cheating is directly linked to lack of intelligence, insecurity, low self-esteem, and an overall sense of unhappiness with one’s own life!”

55. “Sometimes our thoughts are backed by so much insecurity, that they create lies we believe.”

56. “Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.”

57. “It has always seemed that fear of judgement is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.” – Criss Jami, Killosophy

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

59. “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” – Dalai Lama


61. “Pretending to be someone that you are not is hurting yourself. It’s telling yourself that the real you is worthless.”– Ritu Ghatourey

62. “Don’t insecurity ruin the beauty you were born with.”

63. “I don’t let anyone’s insecurities, emotions, or opinions bother me. I know that if I am happy, that’s all that matters to me.” – Demi Lovato

64. “Insecure people try to make you feel smaller. Confident people love to see you walk taller.”

65. “There is no external solution to the problem of insecurity.”

66. “Only the insecure strive for security.”

67. “Insecurity is an ugly thing; it makes you hate people you don’t even know.”

68. “Insecurity is your intuition telling you that something’s not right, either with them or with you.” – Charles J. Orlando

69. “The deepest of a woman’s insecurities often come from the men who have hurt them.”


71. “Control is an element of weakness and insecurity. You truly cannot control anyone or anything other than your effort and attitude.”

72. “Insecure people have a special sensitivity for anything that finally confirms their own low opinion of themselves.”  

73. “Why escape your intended purpose by copying and trying to be someone else? You will discover who you were meant to be only after you have shown confidence being yourself.”

74. “A woman will always be insecure if she attaches her identity and sense of worth to the amount of male attention she gets.” ― Anupama Garg

75. “The problem with human attraction is not knowing if it will be returned.” – Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush

76. “A guy is only insecure about losing his girl when he knows someone else can treat her better.”

77. “Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.”

78. “Arrogance is the camouflage of insecurity.” — Tim Fargo

79. “People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love.” — Simon Cowell


81. “If you are judging a person, you might be exposing insecurity of your own.” — Victor Prince

82. “Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.” — Tim Fargo

83. “People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.”

84. “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you are riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!”

85. “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.”

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

87. “Never run for a bus, train, or man. When one leaves another arrives.”

88. “Stop allowing your insecurities to color the way you interpret someone else’s intention.”

89. “Distance doesn’t destroy relationships. Insecurities and doubts do.”


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is jealousy in love?

Jealousy is a feeling of anger or resentment that may lead to negative thoughts and fear of abandonment. In a relationship, jealousy is triggered by low-self esteem, insecurity, and obsession. A jealous partner may think their romantic relationship is being threatened, giving way to abuse and chaos.

2. Can jealousy ruin a relationship?

Jealousy can ruin a relationship by making partners obsessive. When jealousy turns into dominance and suspicion, it may create disharmony in the relationship. It may lead to resentment and arguments and rob a couple of happiness and peace in the relationship.

3. How common is jealousy in a relationship?

Jealousy is very common in relationships. However, the degree and nature of jealousy may vary in each relationship. There is good jealousy that comes from genuine love and care and bad jealousy that stems from insecurity and toxic love. Therefore, it is important to identify it early in the relationship, discuss them with your partner, and nip it in the bud to ensure a long-lasting romance.

Jealousy quotes in a relationship may help the partners flag the problem in their relationship. Jealousy can cause emotional outbursts and insecurity that harm the relationship. Identifying and resolving the cause of jealousy could make your relationship stronger. Lack of trust in your partner, trying to control them, or thinking that they are cheating on you are signs of jealousy, which can ruin the relationship. You may express your feelings to your partner and try various ways to resolve the problem before it causes permanent damage.

Do you have any quotes to add to your list? Do let us know by commenting below.

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