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Jealousy seldom punishes with the severity it suffers.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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, Moods of Life

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

Jealousy, in spite of the mad frenzy of its most splendid displays, is a vice of weakness; it arises from a mind whose aspirations and desires are inferior to its accomplishments; it is the child of baulked vanity and failure of courage.

ARTHYR LYNCH, Moods of Life

Jealousy seems the absolute reversal of love. It is the swinging from the sunny warmth of the Equator to the frigid cold of the North Pole.

ELBERT HUBBARD, The American Bible

A jealous man only sees his own spectrum when he looks upon other men, and gives his character in theirs.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Envy and jealousy, twin sisters, come with the cunning of the fox to steal away our peace and happiness.


Jealousy, the jaundice of the soul.

JOHN DRYDEN, The Hind and the Panther

Jealousy is a kind of civil war in the soul, where judgment and imagination are at perpetual jars. This civil dissension in the mind, like that of the body politic, commits great disorders, and lays all waste. Nothing stands safe in its way; Nature, interest, religion, must yield to its fury. It violates contracts, dissolves society, breaks wedlock, betrays friends and neighbours. No body is good, and every one is either doing or designing them a mischief. It has a venom that more or less rankles wherever it bites: And as it reports fancies or facts, so it disturbs its own house as often as other folks.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.

APHRA BEHN, The History of Agnes de Castro

Jealousy — that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.

EMIL CIORAN, History & Utopia

The jealous man is not able, nor does he have the will, to imagine the opposite of what he fears, indeed he cannot feel joy except in the magnification of his own sorrow, and by suffering through the magnified enjoyment from which he knows he is banned. The pleasures of love are pains that become desirable, where sweetness and torment blend, and so love is voluntary insanity, infernal paradise, and celestial hell -- in short, harmony of opposite yearnings, sorrowful laughter, soft diamond.

UMBERTO ECO, The Island of the Day Before

Jealousy seldom punishes with the severity it suffers.

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

In jealousy there is more love of self than of anyone else.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

Jealousy does not wait for reasons.

MAHATMA GANDHI, An Autobiography

Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one's self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing.

EMMA GOLDMAN, "Jealousy: Causes and a Possible Cure," lecture (c. 1912), Red Emma Speaks

I'd rather be with someone who's a little jealous than someone who's never jealous. There's something a little dead fish about them.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON, "Scarlett Johansson Is 2013's Sexiest Woman Alive", Esquire, November 2013

Even jealousy is based on fantasies: a fantasy that someone else has what belongs to you.

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH, Letters to a Young Artist

Jealousy is always born with love, but doesn't always die with it.


The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude


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