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George Eliot Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Those who trust us educate us.
- 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

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

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

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

I should like to know what is the proper function of women,
if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home,
and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- 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

Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness
is under a love which it cannot return.
- 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 reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

Consequences are unpitying.
- George Eliot

There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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