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William Penn. (1644–1718).  Fruits of Solitude.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Part II
Of Jealousy
190. The Jealous are Troublesome to others, but a Torment to themselves.  1
  191. Jealousy is a kind of Civil War in the Soul, where Judgment and Imagination are at perpetual Jars.  2
  192. This Civil Dissension in the Mind, like that of the Body Politick, commits great Disorders, and lays all waste.  3
  193. Nothing stands safe in its Way: Nature, Interest, Religion, must Yield to its Fury.  4
  194. It violates Contracts, Dissolves Society, Breaks Wedlock, Betrays Friends and Neighbors. No Body is Good, and every one is either doing or designing them a Mischief.  5
  195. It has a Venome that more or less rankles wherever it bites: And as it reports Fancies for Facts, so it disturbs its own House as often as other Folks.  6
  196. Its Rise is Guilt or Ill Nature, and by Reflection thinks its own Faults to be other Men’s; as he that ’s overrun with the Jaundice takes others to be Yellow.  7
  197. A Jealous Man only sees his own Spectrum, when he looks upon other Men, and gives his Character in theirs.  8


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