George Eliot Quotes

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
It's never too late to be who you might have been.
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.
There are many victories worse than a defeat.
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
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.
If you sit down at set of sun And count the acts that you have done, And counting find One self-denying deed, one word That eased the heart of him who heard One glance most kind That fell like sunshine where it went- Then you may count that day well spent.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
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.
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
Speech is but broken light upon the depth Of the unspoken.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
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.
Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.
Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
Teach us to care and not to care. Teach us to sit still.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.
The tendancy of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
I do not believe that any writer has ever exposed this bovaryisme, the human will to see things as they are not, more clearly than Shakespeare.
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
To judge wisely, we must know how things appear to the unwise.
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.
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
Be courteous, be obliging, but don't give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade.
Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
There's folks 'ud stand on their heads and then say the fault was i' their boots.
The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth.
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