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Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
by 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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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

 

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

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

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

Those who trust us educate us.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

Consequences are unpitying.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

Breed is stronger than pasture.
- George Eliot

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

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- 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

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

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

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

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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