Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #16 --- Jealousy
Quotations on Jealousy
Jealous is a heinous thing. It is the most unfair thing in the world. It never gives proper credit. It belittles. Jealousy breaks up homes, destroys confidences, dissolves partnerships, and tattles gossip. Back of nearly every crime is jealousy. The thief envies the luxuries of the rich, so he steals them. The murderer does away with a person who stands in his way to gain something his jealousy seeks. The liar scatters falsehoods, to harm persons who have done better than the lair has. The poor people are jealous of limousines of the rich. And the rich are jealous of the good health of the poor people, and the poor folk’s lack of great responsibility.
---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 3, 1926.
Jealousy is a twin sister of hatred.
---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Sept. 20, 1921.
Jealousy is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius.
---Fulton J. Sheen, Knickerbocker News, Albany, N.Y., March 15, 1952.
It is quite safe to say that no one pays as high a price for jealousy as that one who surrenders to jealousy. Hatred, pride, vanity, jealousy, and the spirit of revenge all have a way of extracting their toll from all those who offer them hospitality. Every man must work out his own salvation, the Bible says, for the simple reason that every man works out his own damnation.
---Roy L. Smith, Miami Daily News, Miami, Fla., April 15, 1955.
We cannot be happy and jealous at the same time, honest and jealous at the same time, fair and jealous toward the same person, contented and jealous in the same job, successful and jealous in the same profession, or progressive and jealous in the same life.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 5, 1941.
Jealousy is the disease that attacks the man who lacks self-confidence and feels insecure.
---Caroline Chatfield, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Sept. 16, 1940.
Jealousy is always the result of ignorance of some sort, and never should be indulged. It never can know the truth about anything.
---Bliss Knapp, The Morning Leader, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, April 27, 1912.
Jealousy usually has for its object the preservation of a good which belongs to ourselves, while envy is a madness which cannot endure the good of others.
‑‑‑H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post‑Dispatch, Houston, Texas, March 25, 1929.
Jealousy lives upon doubts and passes away as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
‑‑‑H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post‑Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Jan. 27, 1930.
Jealousy is a form of flattery‑‑and a way in which few of us like to be flattered.
‑‑‑Roberta Lyndon, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., March 1, 1942.
Jealousy and envy are self‑admissions of inferiority. If one is all he should be, there can be no cause for being jealous or envious of another.
‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 27, 1923.
Jealousy acknowledges its own inferiority.
‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., March 20, 1924.
Jealousy is most pitiful in that it acknowledges its own incompetence.
‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., July 10, 1924.
There is no room in jealousy for any motive except selfishness.
---Robert Quillen, San Jose Evening News, San Jose, Calif., April 4, 1932.
We make ourselves the slaves of all whom we envy. The superiority of others does not harm us, but our jealousy does.
---Earl Riney, Church Management, Cleveland, Ohio, November 1944.
Jealousy is often sensitiveness twisted into peevishness. It refuses to allow others the satisfaction and success we seek for ourselves.
---Earl Riney, Church Management, Cleveland, Ohio, February 1950.
Jealousy, the chief of heart breakers and love wreckers, is the fear of love, the fierce opposite of courageous trust.
‑‑‑Frank Crane, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., July 7, 1917.
The spirit of jealousy eateth like a canker.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 28, 1925.
The face of jealousy is always colored by a diseased gall duct.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 2, 1925.
For the most part, arraignments of humanity are nothing more than the slopping over of jealous hearts.
---J. Marvin Nichols, Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, N.Y., Oct. 14, 1931.
Only the small mind complains—only the jealous assail.
---J. Marvin Nichols, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 16, 1907.
Jealousy is one of the most potentially destructive emotions, because it often leads a person to destroy his own character and reputation while he is seeking to put down the object of his jealousy.
--‑Gerald E. Marsh, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 11, 1987.
Jealousy is emotional wood alcohol; it first blinds, then kills, love.
---Marguerite Mooers Marshall, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 18, 1921.
Petty jealousies embitter friendships, warp the character, and create an unrest in confidence.
—John E. Carlisle, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, July 21, 1890.
The man who never expects anything in life can’t be disappointed, but he can raise all manner of fury because the other fellow works for something and gets it.
---Liston Dickson, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 13, 1937.
Jealousy is never satisfied until it finds out what it suspects.
---George Fields, Prescott Evening Courier, Prescott, Ariz., Feb. 21, 1922.
Jealousy may be based on nothing more than suspicion, but once it takes possession of the mind it is a destructive flame.
—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, July 26, 1931.
Jealousy is a rage of kings, but becomes a sword in the breast of a tender woman.
—Susa Young Gates, Relief Society Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 1916.
Jealousy will lead to any crime. Jealousy is a death blow to happiness. Jealousy is the foe of spiritual culture. Jealousy degenerates dignity. Jealousy is moral suicide and mental insanity.
—Arthur Growden, The Daily Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., March 15, 1927.
A little jealousy cancels out all opportunity for success. "Jealousy is the rage of a man." It increases blood pressure, strangles efficiency and deprives all men from straight thinking.
-‑‑Carlysle H. Holcomb, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 2, 1951.
The success of your rival is disagreeable, but stand it amiably, rather than advertise the fact that you are jealous.
---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Dec. 27, 1911.
Jealousy is never satisfied until it discovers what it suspects.
‑‑‑Bert Moses, Lake Charles American‑Press, Lake Charles, La., March 2, 1922.
Most jealousy comes from what is suspected rather than from what is known.
‑‑‑Bert Moses, Lake Charles American‑Press, Lake Charles, La., Nov. 2, 1925.
Jealousy is back of nearly all falsehood.
---Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., June 2, 1937.
A small brain stores up more jealousy than a big one.
‑‑‑Bert Moses, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., April 29, 1939.
Jealousy always lowers the efficiency of the jealous.
---Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., June 22, 1944.
By entertaining jealousy we make all other joys impossible.
‑‑‑Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 23, 1931.
Our discontent is sometimes the germ of jealousy.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 19, 1939.
It is the nature of jealousy to prostitute judgment and reason.
‑‑‑Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Sept. 29, 1931.
Jealousy and covetousness have put many capable leaders on the toboggan slide to obscurity.
‑‑‑Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, May 18, 1939.
Jealousy is one of the many symptoms of the inferiority complex.
—The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., July 21, 1931.
A jealous mind is described with the cobwebs of suspicion.
‑‑‑The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25, 1920.
If we can but rid ourselves of jealousy, and rejoice with the successful and prosperous, sympathizing with them, and be really glad that they have succeeded, we may participate in all the happiness and success that is going about. We want our kin folk to be happy and we are glad when they achieve. Let’s treat all as brothers and as such rejoice in their accomplishments with love and kindness and forgiveness in our hearts.
—Frank L. West, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 1927.
No man or woman is jealous of an inferior. The feeling of jealousy can only be entertained for one who is recognized at least as an equal in some respects. The jealousy and antagonism which are exhibited toward us are the world’s tribute to our strength and greatness–are acknowledgments that they view us as worthy of their notice and their hatred.
—George Q. Cannon, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 1, 1887.
It has been generally believed that jealousy is something that has to do only with the home life, but it has done more to keep back the progress of the race generally, and to stop civic advancement, than anything else in this world. That which makes you feel that every other man who is in the same line of business as yourself must be your enemy is jealousy. That which makes you say unkind things about some fellow who is getting his hooks in, getting up a little higher than you are in the world, is jealousy. That which makes you make it hard for some other man to get ahead in the world is jealousy.
‑‑‑George H. Cooper, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, May 20, 1912.
Jealousy is a form of amnesia; the suffer has forgotten how he is. In other words, he has forgotten that he has a personality peculiarly his own, that he can be no one but himself, and that his place cannot be usurped by anyone else. A jealous [man] is a man who has lost--or never found--his true identity. He has neither discovered what capacities he actually possesses nor come to terms with the deficiencies that limit his effectiveness. In one sense, always aggressive. He must protect himself against the excellence of others lest it depreciate his own importance, and he must invade the sphere of his colleagues lest he overlook some area essential to his own completeness. If he knew who he was, he could be himself, and he could throw all his strength into being the only person he can ever be. But not knowing, he misconstrues both his assets and his liabilities, not attempting to do what he can and striving desperately to do what he cannot. A jealous man has no smoothness in his contours. His personality is bounded by sharp edges, and being "edge," he inspires edginess in those around him. Suspicious of everyone, he makes everyone suspicious of him. Cliques spring up unannounced. Battle lines are drawn.
---Roy Pearson, Saints' Herald, Independence, Mo., July 24, 1961.
I know of no more baneful quality of human nature than jealousy. Said Elbert Hubbard: “In jealousy we think only of the worst in living. It is a blasting, withering hate towards that which we love best. It corrodes the heart and makes the man hate himself.” We have an example, in huge proportion, in the wars about the world. Jealousy is the one thing that instigates war. It has more wrecks to its record than any other force in life. There is absolutely no justification for jealousy at any time or in any place. It withers everything that it touches. There is no possible cause sufficient to excuse its terrible ends. Nearly always its origin is in some suspicion. And usually that suspicion is groundless. It takes something brave and heroic to overcome this apparently inherent element in our nature, but it can be overcome—and it is, all through the lives of us all. At the bottom of jealousy, perhaps, is the fact that we become dissatisfied with ourselves and want to be someone else, or wish to have something that someone else may have. Self-pity may also have much to do with jealousy. Stripped of everything, jealousy remains a dire tragedy of the heart, a tolerant love and understanding alone lies at the base as its cure. Especially, why should we be jealous of anyone—of anyone’s success or happiness? Why should be not be glad that there are those who can be happy and who can live out a generous, unselfish existence? By fixing our mind upon the good in people, overlooking their faults or defects, we learn one of the secrets of a happy, peaceful philosophy of life.
---George Matthew Adams, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Feb. 15, 1941.
If a man readily agrees with the thoughts advanced by others in positions of prominence and power, he is immediately labeled a yes man. If he fails to abide by their dictates, differing sharply with their views, he is branded as radical, unappreciative, and a trouble maker. If you are ambitious, anxious to get ahead in life and your endeavors, you are termed selfish; and if you don't try to improve your standing in the community and arrange your business so that it is successfully operated, they point the finger of scorn and condemnation at you, saying you are worthless. Expressions such as these originate for a reason. They are sometimes prompted by individuals who are jealous of another man's success. Feelings of hatred, mingled with a desire for power, prompt others to libel a man's character, ridiculing his ability, honesty, and integrity. No man who is at the top of the ladder wants to be pulled down. He will fight when he believes his position is being jeopardized. And not wishing to admit his own faults or the ability of the others, he smashes rights and lefts, in every direction, clinging to his hold. If he slips, he is gone. The wolves will get him, and he knows it. So, in the end, selfishness and pride prompts him to criticize others and their methods so that his own skin may be protected.
‑‑‑Howard D. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., Sept. 2, 1938.
A person afflicted with jealousy usually makes himself the center of a little clique, the chief purpose of which is to upset and disparage any movement and those associated with it which the clique does not approve. Such a motive is so obvious the clique soon becomes discredited and an odious memory attaches itself to those connected with it. ... The individual will not usually isolate his jealousy but attempts to inoculate others with his opprobrious malady. Such a disposition reflects too well an ugly defect in character--a defect so serious that only those of like character will associate with one who has so little and mean a nature. This character defect is most often displayed when some receive an honor or achieve success which others covet. Just the frustrated desire and vile chain of rumors with no facts behind them. Even if some injustice occurred, fairness would demand that any questions be openly discussed and settled, but jealousy prefers to work by dark and devious and even unethical methods.
—John Dillingham, The Bison, Searcy, Ark., March 24, 1942.
Jealousy has a subtle way of eating into a person's nature to such an extent he is blinded by anything of merit done by his fellow creature. Jealousy is one of life's worst menaces. It is found in daily life practically at every turn, in clubs, at social affairs and is even seen in churches. The smaller, the more prevalent and more conspicuous, until is emerges into a dominant monster, malicious and trying. If every person would do the very best the can do at every task, they would not be jealous of what another has done, but would have the satisfaction of knowing they have faithfully executed the task set and if they haven't done it well, ask no praises nor glory for anything someone else has done better.
—L.C. West, Panama City Pilot, Panama City, Fla., June 6, 1935.
Have no mercy on jealousy when you encounter it in your heart. If you do not slay it, it will slay you, your peace of mind, your rectitude, your reputation. It will wreck your life as it has wrecked numberless lives. Against jealousy there is no weapon that will prevail but good will. Whenever the jealous spirit squirms within you crucify it with kindness. School yourself in appreciation and generosity. Learn to say from the heart.
—Henry Alford Porter, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 8, 1940.
Jealousy is an unreasoning judgment, distrustfulness and revengefulness. Like a tumor, jealousy grows on its own poison. Like the tobacco worm, jealousy grows green, ugly and poisonous by that on which it feeds. It requires no nourishment, only its imaginings. Jealousy makes mountains out of molehills, suggests things that no honorable man or woman ever thinks of. Jealousy is revengeful, it wants to hurt, hurt. It wants to get even by making the other party suffer. Strange isn't it that jealousy always wants to hurt that which it claims to love? One day Jealousy and her sister Malice took a walk. They met a goddess who said to Jealousy, "I will give you whatever you ask for, but I will give your sister double what I give you. What do you want?" Jealousy thought long and then said, "I want you to put out one of my eyes." Jealousy in the home makes the other members of the family, whom we profess to love, suffer. Jealousy makes many homes unhappy.
—C.E. Wyatt, The Pensacola Journal, Pensacola, Fla., Oct. 12, 1930.
Jealousy makes a person see wrong, and feel wrong and do wrong. It pours out into the system and has the power to make the one actually sick in whom it exists. ... Jealousy is, I believe, the most disturbing element in human life. If it is in you, it keeps you from working successfully with others in any manner. It poisons your whole life. It affects your outlook on life and often determines what you see and feel toward all humanity. It is a dangerous weight. You had better throw it away. It will make you lose.
—Charles M. Hughes, Leesville Leader, Leesville, La., Oct. 6, 1949.
Jealousy is just a sudden and acute case of loss of self-esteem.
—John D. Murphy, Journal of Living, New York, N.Y., December 1951.
There are few things that can disturb one's peace of mind more than a spirit of jealousy. To envy the success of others and be jealous of their accomplishments creates in one a state of mind almost as dangerous to himself as to others. Unchecked, the end results are bad. Jealousy and selfishness are twin sins that supplement each other in destroying happiness and peace of mind wherever they are permitted to operate.
—Ewing T. Wayland, The Louisiana Methodist, Little Rock, Ark., July 18, 1963.
Jealousy sees everything through distorting glasses which twist an innocent act into that which is considered disreputable. ... Jealousy ... hisses at other people's popularity and success, and discharges its venom at the sight of material possession of others.
—H.S. Jenison, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 10, 1922.
The ugliness of personal jealousy may not always find expression in actually destroying the object of its dislike, but persisted in, it kills the finer life in the heart which cherishes it. You will never help yourself by pulling down somebody else. If your competitor were as bad as your jealous fancy would paint him, that would not make you one whit better. It is only by building up our own character into genuine greatness that we can permanently advance ourselves.
—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 6, 1927.
Jealousy is a great cause of crime. ... Murder is not only the fruit that grows on this tree. Divorce, assaults, all manner of criminal acts ripen here. ... But this cause of crime goes still further than this. It divides armies in time of war. It sacrifices tremendous interests in time of peace. It turns civic officers into warlike scramblers for places and sets them at daggers' points.
—J. Frank Smith, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 12, 1904.
If you are jealous of anyone, do him some good turn. There is a fable of an eagle which was jealous of another that could outfly him. He saw a sportsman one day and said to him, "I wish you would bring down that eagle." The sportsman replied that he would if he only had some feathers to put into his arrows. So the eagle pulled one out of his wing. The arrow was shot, but didn't quite reach the rival eagle; it was flying too high. The envious eagle kept pulling out more feathers until he lost so many that he couldn't fly, and then the sportsman turned around and killed him!
—A.C. Maxwell, The Sulphur Southwest Builder, Sulphur, La., May 4, 1934.
Jealousy is distrust of self.
—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 29, 1924.
It is astounding to see otherwise intelligent people sometimes carried away by a jealousy that goes far beyond the bounds of reason. Such is generally based on conceit, which, in turn, is rooted in a sense of inferiority.
—J. Hudson Ballard, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., March 20, 1941.
Envious jealousy is mean enough anywhere and at any time, but when it breaks out in the family it is worse than anywhere else.
—Len G. Broughton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., March 6, 1905.
Jealousy is the spade which fate digs the grave of trust.
—Emmet Rodwell Calhoun, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 14, 1905.
Jealousy [is] prompted by selfishness. ... Jealousy has always been the one great factor in causing wars. It is responsible for wars not only between nations, but wars of every other nature--domestic, political, industrial, religious and so on. It has nothing in mind but the selfish interests of the persons obsessed with it.
—George S. Sexton, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., May 30, 1927.
Jealousy should be studiously guarded against, also criticizing and finding fault. It is so much easier to see the mote in another’s eye than to perceive the beam in our own. It is well to always have a mantle of charity to throw over the faults of others. We can improve ourselves by observing others. We can emulate their virtues and avoid those things which we perceive are unlovely. The attributes of the soul may be divided into two grand classes, representing the two mental conditions of the human mind–one, light, warm, bright and happy with love as the root and trunk from which spring all the angelic branches, as faith, hope, charity, humility, sympathy, pity, helpfulness, honesty, perseverance, punctuality and economy, inspiring the warm, hearty handshake and, “I hope you well,” from the fulness of the heart, making the “sunshine in the face more precious than gold in the pocket;” the other phase of character, with selfishness as its root, showing a soul dark, cold, repelling and unhappy, with all the attending outgrowths, as jealousy, hatred, revenge, avarice, deceit, indolence, pride, haughtiness, taking advantage, covetousness, misrepresenting, bearing false witness, and in many cases all combining to the committing of murder, fitting the unfortunate soul for outer darkness; the first class making the soul pure and clear as a flawless diamond, ans the second opaque and dark as a lump of coal.
—Romania B. Penrose, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, Dec. 19, 1907.
There is no jealousy so pathetic as professional jealousy.
—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., July 26, 1945.
Jealousies in business matters are despicable in every form. So are jealousies in every department of life. If one man sees another prospering to a greater degree than he is, envy should not enter his soul. No man is willing to acknowledge that he is animated by this sinister sentiment. But there is no need that he should. The evidence of its presence is unmistakable. Whenever he decries, condemns or sneers at those he esteems to be his rivals, these are but the poisonous outgrowths of the canker, the seeds of which he has permitted to be planted in his mind. The sooner he tears the unsightly shrub out by the roots the better it will be for his spiritual growth. Otherwise his soul will shrivel and wilt. These jealousies constitute an element of division. They have operated in that way from the beginning, and they are more active now than they should be, by a long way. To be jealous of another from any cause is bad in root and branch. If there be men who cannot see another advance beyond their own status, intellectually or temporally, they are lacking in one of the chief constituents of greatness. The expansive soul rejoices at the increase of intelligence and prosperity, because it swells the beneficent effect upon the whole.
—Charles W. Penrose, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 7, 1889.
Every community is burdened by a group of individuals, whose sole joy of life is to criticize those who are contributing to the growth of the city they inhabit. These persons constantly ridicule the person who gives his time for the development of a town. They mock his mannerisms, ridicule his speech, and in general expose their ignorance, or must we say jealousy. We sometimes form the opinion that it is jealousy which prompts such action. A person may have his feelings hurt because of being shoved into the background. He fails to realize that he is paying the penalty of incompetence, and, in his stupidity, lashes out at the one who has moved to the front in the march of progress. Merchants have a custom of taking inventory ever so often to ascertain the worth of merchandise resting on their shelves. These critics, who never do anything for the credit of themselves or their community, should resolve to take inventory occasionally. It is then that they will see why they have been forced to do the rear. They are only fit subjects for the awkward squad of life. ... Mr. Do-Nothing Critic, it is time you were reporting to the awkward squad, there to be prepared for your duties ahead of you. Sometimes this individual who sees no good in anything, unless it is a child of his brain, is narrow and is in dire need of the proper education. Then, too, he might be lazy. Remember, success was never achieved by the slothful. Diligence, persistence, integrity, honesty, self-control, brotherly love, and ambition are contributing factors to success. Tongue-wagging, especially when the words are empty, create only sound, and will never build great empires.
—Howard D. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., July 7, 1936.
In general, jealousy springs from a feeling of personal insecurity. Its victims are not sure of themselves, or of their standing in relation to others. This prompts them to be oversensitive to the way they are treated, to suspect others' motives, to seek excessive guarantees that they are loved, and so forth. If they feel someone is threatening their friendship with another, they frequently react by trying to ruin the reputation of the third party.
—John L. Thomas, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., Nov. 14, 1958.
There is a close connection between jealousy and anger. In fact, jealousy often leads to anger and to hatred, and the expression of these feelings causes the child to be disliked. Jealousy cannot be harbored without warping the personality. The jealous person does not work well with others, is prejudiced and shows a lack of emotional control that interferes with his bodily processes and ability to think clearly. Effort is considered useless since he feels he is not being treated fairly. Not infrequently there is discouragement, failure, and shame that lead to feelings of inferiority. To compensate for this inferiority the child may try to secure attention by domineering or by seeking revenge in the destruction of property or injuries to the person non grata. The basis of all jealousy is self-love and a feeling of inadequacy. ... Jealousy is insidious in all its attacks.
—Evelyn M. Carrington, The Texas Outlook, Fort Worth, Texas, April 1931.
What is jealousy? It is the most devouring of passions, and is associated with pride. When it takes possession, the mind ceases to function as a normal mind. It verges on to insanity. It is to be avoided by suppressing the vanities of life.
—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Aug. 7, 1942.
If you coddle jealousy and pet it, you may expect it to swell up like a sponge taking water. Then, when it is full sized, it will wreck you, and after the wreck, a lot of folks are known by number instead of name. It is more poisonous to you than the bite of the rattlesnake. It is the power behind the dagger. It puts the squeeze on the trigger. It has a million suicides to its credit. It has murdered kings and queens; undermined governments; perpetrated wars and stalked the earth with tragedy. It saps vitality and stifles the brain. It is the pernicious anemia of the soul. It slips up on you when you are crestfallen; when your pride has been tempered with; when your importance in the little world around you has been challenged. Jealousy is the grandchild of fear. You are never jealous unless you are afraid someone is edging in on your personal right to be important to someone. It may be affection, position or possession.
—Carlysle H. Holcomb, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 15, 1952.
A jealous man sees a great deal more in everything than is to be seen and yet he sees nothing. His eyes stand in his own light.
—F.W. Bouska, The I.A.C. Student, Ames, Iowa, April 7, 1896.
Jealousy--An acute form of acquisitiveness.
—Louisville Herald, Louisville, Ky., Sept. 9, 1905.