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Wise George Eliot Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by George Eliot.

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

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

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than 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

 

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

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

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

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- George Eliot

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

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul;
unbelief,
in denying them.
- George Eliot

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An election is coming.
Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere
interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
- 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

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

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

Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
- George Eliot

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

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


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