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

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

Related topics: Bold Choice Courage Adventure Positive Motivational

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

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

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

Those who trust us educate us.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

In every parting there is an image of death.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives,
or else to be a monster.
- 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

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

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

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

The intense happiness of our union is derived in a
high degree from the perfect freedom with which we
each follow and declare our own impressions.
- George Eliot

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

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

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of
an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
- George Eliot

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

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


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