Quotes by George Eliot

Consequences are unpitying.
- George Eliot
Breed is stronger than pasture.
- George Eliot
Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- George Eliot
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Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
- George Eliot
Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot
In every parting there is an image of death.
- George Eliot
There are many victories worse than a defeat.
- George Eliot
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- George Eliot
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
- George Eliot
Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
- George Eliot
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What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
- George Eliot
Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.
- George Eliot
Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
- George Eliot
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
- George Eliot
Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries.
- George Eliot
No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
- George Eliot
I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
- George Eliot
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
- George Eliot
Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
- George Eliot
The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.
- George Eliot
All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
- George Eliot
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
- George Eliot
The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
- George Eliot
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot
An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
- George Eliot
Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
- George Eliot
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
- George Eliot
Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
- George Eliot
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
- George Eliot
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
- George Eliot
Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
- George Eliot
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
- George Eliot
We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
- George Eliot
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
- George Eliot
He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
- George Eliot
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
- George Eliot
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
- George Eliot
I like trying to get pregnant. I'm not so sure about childbirth.
- George Eliot
What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot
No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.
- George Eliot
We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.
- George Eliot
Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
- George Eliot
Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
- George Eliot
The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.
- George Eliot
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
- George Eliot
I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
- George Eliot
Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
- George Eliot
People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
- George Eliot
In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.
- George Eliot
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
- George Eliot
There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
- George Eliot
It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
- George Eliot
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
- George Eliot
The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
- George Eliot
Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
- George Eliot
When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
- George Eliot
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
- George Eliot
Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.
- George Eliot
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
- George Eliot
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
- George Eliot
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
- 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
Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.
- George Eliot
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
- George Eliot
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
- George Eliot
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
- George Eliot
I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
- George Eliot
Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
- George Eliot
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot
Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
- George Eliot
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
- George Eliot
In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
- 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
That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
- George Eliot
It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against 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
When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
- George Eliot
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
- 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 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
It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
- George Eliot
When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.
- George Eliot
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
- George Eliot
A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
- 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
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
- 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
To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.
- 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
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
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
- 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
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
- 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
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
Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.
- George Eliot
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
- 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
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
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
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
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
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

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