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Adventure is not outside man; it is within. ...
by George Eliot

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

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It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
- George Eliot

 

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them all out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then,
with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Eliot

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch
at one end and an alphabet at the other.
- George Eliot

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Those who trust us educate us.
- George Eliot

Our deeds still travel with us from afar,
and what we have been makes us what we are.
- George Eliot

Animals are such agreeable friends -
they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
- George Eliot

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more
roses we must plant more trees.
- George Eliot

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
- George Eliot

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
- George Eliot

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
- George Eliot

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
- George Eliot

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
- George Eliot

An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
- George Eliot

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience
had petrified into maxims and quotations.
- George Eliot

The best augury of a man's success in his profession
is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
- George Eliot

But human experience is usually paradoxical,
that means incongruous with the phrases of current
talk or even current philosophy.
- George Eliot

A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling
which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
- George Eliot

Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties
as ministers make up their cabinets,
on grounds other than personal liking.
- George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls than
to feel that they are joined -
to strengthen each other -
to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
- George Eliot

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
- George Eliot

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us
which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
- George Eliot

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple
human pity that will not forsake us.
- George Eliot

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
- George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
- George Eliot

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
- George Eliot

Blessed is the influence of one true,
loving human soul on another.
- George Eliot

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
- George Eliot

When death, the great reconciler, has come,
it is never our tenderness that we repent of,
but our severity.
- George Eliot

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself;
it only requires opportunity.
- George Eliot

An election is coming.
Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere
interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
- George Eliot

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
- George Eliot

Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of
their neighbour's buzzing glory,
and think that such killing is no murder.
- George Eliot

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than
never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
- George Eliot

I'm proof against that word failure.
I've seen behind it.
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of
cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
- George Eliot

To have in general but little feeling,
seems to be the only security against feeling too much
on any particular occasion.
- George Eliot

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love,
and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
- George Eliot

You should read history and look at ostracism,
persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing.
They always happen to the best men, you know.
- George Eliot

A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger,
else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet;
her happiness is to be made as cakes are,
by a fixed recipe.
- George Eliot

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest.
You are always being asked to do things,
and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.
- George Eliot

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
- George Eliot

Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral.
They have the same effect of grating incongruity as
the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.
- George Eliot

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of
an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
- George Eliot

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- George Eliot

Breed is stronger than pasture.
- George Eliot

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire;
it is hardly a passion,
but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
- George Eliot

The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them.
The divine principle of our race is action,
choice, resolved memory.
- George Eliot

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
- George Eliot

For what is love itself, for the one we love best?
An enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better
than any joys outside our love.
- George Eliot

Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
- George Eliot

There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds
not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder,
but a hatred of all injury.
- George Eliot

Consequences are unpitying.
- George Eliot

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where
he breeds life to feed him.
Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
- George Eliot

I like trying to get pregnant.
I'm not so sure about childbirth.
- George Eliot

We must not sit still and look for miracles;
up and doing,
and the Lord will be with thee.
Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus,
will do anything.
- George Eliot

Little children are still the symbol of the eternal
marriage between love and duty.
- George Eliot

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives,
or else to be a monster.
- George Eliot

The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity;
rather,
the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
- George Eliot

We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults.
Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
- George Eliot

Delicious autumn!
My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
- George Eliot

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul;
unbelief,
in denying them.
- George Eliot

Rome - the city of visible history, where the past
of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession
with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.
- George Eliot

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in
which there is much agreement,
much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
- George Eliot

The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
- George Eliot

It is easy to say how we love new friends,
and what we think of them, but words can never trace
out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
- George Eliot


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