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George Eliot Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by George Eliot

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch
at one end and an alphabet at the other.
- 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

In every parting there is an image of death.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life,
it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat,
and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

For what is love itself, for the one we love best?
An enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better
than any joys outside our love.
- George Eliot

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

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

Breed is stronger than pasture.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes
with the first moments of our first great sorrow,
when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed,
to have despaired and have recovered hope.
- 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

People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
- 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

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

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- 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

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

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

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


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