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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.
- George Eliot

The happiest women, like the happiest nations,
have no history.
- George Eliot

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

And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her,
half her strength must be concealment.
- 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

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and
prepare one's self to do without it.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
- George Eliot

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

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

In every parting there is an image of death.
- George Eliot

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

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


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