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On Jealousy

   Jealousy counteth its suspicions.

   The jealous housewife is affection's direst foe.

   Jealousy is cruel as the grave. 

   When mistrust enters, love departs.

   Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, 
    But who is able to stand before jealousy? 

                                     Proverbs 27:4

   Of all the passions, jealousy is that which exacts the hardest 
   service, and pays the bitterest wages. Its service is, to watch 
   the success of our enemy; its wages to be sure of it. 


   In jealousy there is more of self-love, than of love to 


   Trifles light as air, are to the jealous confirmations strong 
   as proofs of holy writ. 

   Jealousy sees things always with magnifying glasses which make 
   little things large, of dwarfs giants, of suspicions truths. 


   Jealousy is the injured lover's hell. 


   The jealous man poisons his own banquet, and then eats it. 

   Jealousy lives upon doubts.  It becomes madness or ceases 
   entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty. 


   All other passions condescend at times to accept the inexorable 
   logic of facts; but jealousy looks facts straight in the face, 
   and ignores them utterly, and says she knows a great deal 
   better than they can tell her. 
                                                   A. Helps

   Jealousy is the sister of love, as the devil is the brother of 


   A jealous man always finds more than he looks for. 

                                 Mlle. Scudery

   O, Jealousy, thou ugliest fiend of hell!  thy venom preys on my 
   vitals, turns the healthy hue of my fresh cheek to haggard 
   sallowness, and drinks my spirit up. 

                                                 H. More

   Jealousy is said to be the offspring of love; yet unless the 
   parent makes haste to strangle the child, the child will not 
   rest till it has poisoned the parent. 


   Oh, beware of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster, which 
   doth mock the meat it feeds on. 

   It is with jealousy as with the gout; when such distempers are 
   in the blood there is never any security against their breaking 
   out, and that often on the slightest occasions, and when least 

   Yet is there one more cursed than they all, that canker-worm, 
   that monster, jealousy, which eats the heart and feeds upon 
   the gall, turning all love's delight to misery, through fear of 
   losing his felicity. 

   All jealousy must be strangled in its birth, or time will soon 
   make it strong enough to overcome the truth. 


   Love may exist without jealousy, although this is rare; but 
   jealousy may exist without love, and this is common; for 
   jealousy can feed on that which is bitter, no less than on that 
   which is sweet, and is sustained by pride as often as by 

   It is said that jealousy is love, but I deny it; for though it 
   may be procured by love, as ashes are by fire, yet jealousy 
   extinguishes love, as ashes smother the flame. 

                                      Margaret of Navarre

   Jealousy is always born with love, but does not die with it. 


   Jealousy is the fear or apprehension of superiority; envy our 
   uneasiness under it. 

   To doubt is an injury; to suspect a friend is breach of 
   friendship; jealousy is a seed sown but in vicious minds; prone 
   to distrust, because apt to deceive. 
                                         G. Lansdowne

   He who is next heir to supreme power, is always suspected and 
   hated by him who actually wields it. 


   That anxious torture may I never feel, which doubtful watches 
   o'er a wandering heart. 
                                             Mary B. Tighe

   Jealousy, says Rochefoucauld, is in some sort rational and 
   just; it aims at the preservation of a good which we think 
   belongs to us.  It is in this sense that God is said to be a 
   jealous God, because he is earnestly, and as it were 
   passionately desirous of our supreme love, and reverence, and 

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