Why does Heathcliff give up on revenge?

Near the end of Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff explains to Nelly Dean that he gave up on revenge because he has lost the will for it. He says this is not because he has suddenly become kind or generous. He simply has begun to lose interest in life, sensing a "strange" change coming over him.

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Near the end of the book, Heathcliff explains to Nelly Dean why he has given up on revenge. As he notes, the young Cathy and Hareton are in his clutches, and he could exact revenge on the Linton and Earnshaw families if he so chose. Edgar's daughter, Cathy, is in love with Hindley's son, Hareton, and Hareton is in love with Cathy. As Heathcliff holds Edgar and Hindley responsible for destroying his own life, as well as that of the first Catherine, destroying the lives...

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