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Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma.
by George Eliot

Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma.
Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath
of science is a contest with mistake,
and must keep the conscience alive.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those who trust us educate us.
- George Eliot

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

Consequences are unpitying.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome,
dubious eggs, called possibilities.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breed is stronger than pasture.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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