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Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
by George Eliot

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those who trust us educate us.
- George Eliot

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

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

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
- George Eliot

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

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from,
but our severity.
- George Eliot

There is only one failure in life possible,
and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
- George Eliot

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

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

Acting is nothing more or less than playing.
The idea is to humanize life.
- George Eliot

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to
have a man's form of genius in you,
and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
- George Eliot

What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
- George Eliot

Is it not rather what we expect in men,
that they should have numerous strands of experience
lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
- George Eliot

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.
- George Eliot

Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that
which is the most painful course.
- George Eliot

Breed is stronger than pasture.
- George Eliot

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

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly
captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
- George Eliot

In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.
- 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

The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons
or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
- George Eliot

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

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
- George Eliot

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

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

Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness
is under a love which it cannot return.
- George Eliot

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

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing
while we are thoroughly alive.
There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good,
and we must hunger after them.
- George Eliot

The important work of moving the world forward does
not wait to be done by perfect men.
- George Eliot

Consequences are unpitying.
- 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

Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
- George Eliot

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

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.
- 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 golden moments in the stream of life rush past us,
and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us,
and we only know them when they are gone.
- George Eliot

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

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

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
- George Eliot

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

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- George Eliot

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty;
but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty
would be an ignorant unkindness.
- George Eliot

It always remains true that if we had been greater,
circumstance would have been less strong against us.
- George Eliot

Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot
out the glory of the world,
and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I
know no speck so troublesome as self.
- George Eliot

Play not with paradoxes.
That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others
may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead
to the quality of things.
- George Eliot

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time;
or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
- George Eliot

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which
saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
- George Eliot

Great things are not done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together.
- 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

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

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish.
God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
- George Eliot

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to
the purpose they see as best.
- George Eliot

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
- George Eliot


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