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JEWS
[ Also see Anti-Semitism Culture Judaism Religion ]

The great number of the Jews furnishes us with a sufficient cloud of witnesses that attest the truth of the Bible.
      - Joseph Addison

The Jews were God's chosen people.
      - St. John Chrysostom

The Jews are among the aristocracy of every land; if a literature is called rich in the possession of a few classic tragedies, what shall we say to a national tragedy lasting for fifteen hundred years, in which the poets and the actors were also the heroes.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. VI, ch. XLII)

The Jewes spend at Easter, the Moors at marriages, the Christians in sutes.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A Hebrew knelt in the dying light,
  His eye was dim and cold;
    The hairs on his brow were silver white,
      And his blood was thin and old.
      - Thomas Kibble Hervey, The Devil's Progress

To the Jews only, and not to the Gentiles, was a Saviour promised.
      - Elias Hicks

They are a piece of stubborn antiquity, compared with which Stonehenge is in its nonage. They date beyond the Pyramids.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Who hateth me but for my happiness?
  Or who is honored now but for his wealth?
    Rather had I, a Jew, be hated thus,
      Than pitied in a Christian poverty.
      - Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
         (act I, sc. 1)

To undo a Jew is charity, and not sin.
      - Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
         (act IV, sc. 6)

This is the Jew that Shakespeare drew.
      - attributed to Alexander Pope,
        when Macklin was performing Shylock, Feb. 14, 1741

Talk what you will of the Jews,--that they are cursed: they thrive wherever they come; they are able to oblige the prince of their country by lending him money; none of them beg; they keep together; and as for their being hated, why, Christians hate one another as much.
      - John Selden

Still have I borne it with a patient shrug,
  For suff'rance is the badge of all our tribe.
    You call me misbeliever, cutthroat dog,
      And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,
        And all for use of that which is mine own.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at I, iii)

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?--fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why revenge! The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at III, i)


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