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What do we live for, if it is not
by George Eliot

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

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

 

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

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

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

Those who trust us educate us.
- 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

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

In every parting there is an image of death.
- 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

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

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

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

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
- 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

When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves,
whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
- George Eliot

We must find our duties in what comes to us,
not in what might have been.
- George Eliot

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
- George Eliot

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.
- George Eliot

Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
- 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

Hobbies are apt to run away with us,
you know; it doesn't do to be run away with.
We must keep the reins.
- George Eliot

Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries.
- George Eliot

That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly;
he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
- George Eliot

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

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

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

Excellence encourages one about life generally;
it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
- George Eliot

But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment,
in which each feels that the other is feeling something,
having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
- George Eliot

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

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

There are many victories worse than a defeat.
- 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

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

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

No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.
- 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

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

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity
for receiving discipline.
- George Eliot

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

Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled.
If one is not to get into a rage sometimes,
what is the good of being friends?
- George Eliot

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


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