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Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.
—  George Eliot
Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.
—  George Eliot
Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?
—  George Eliot
Self-confidence is apt to address itself to an imaginary dullness in others; as people who are well off speak in a cajoling tone to the poor.
—  George Eliot
Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.
—  George Eliot
There is hardly any mental misery worse than that of having our own serious phrases, our own rooted beliefs, caricatured by a charlatan or a hireling.
—  George Eliot
There is no short-cut no patent tram-road, to wisdom. After all the centuries of invention, the soul's path lies through the thorny wilderness which must still be trodden in solitude, with bleeding feet, with sobs for help, as it was trodden by them of old time.
—  George Eliot
Of what use, however, is a general certainty that an insect will not walk with his head hindmost, when what you need to know is the play of inward stimulus that sends him hither and thither in a network of possible paths?
—  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
For character too is a process and an unfolding ... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful.
—  George Eliot
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
—  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
Of a truth, Knowledge is power, but it is a power reined by scruple, having a conscience of what must be and what may be.
—  George Eliot
Strange, that some of us, with quick alternate vision, see beyond our infatuations, and even while we rave on the heights, behold the wide plain where our persistent self pauses and awaits us.
—  George Eliot
We want people to feel with us more than to act for us.
—  George Eliot
To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.
—  George Eliot
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
—  George Eliot
It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.
—  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
Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
—  George Eliot
Certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we're so fond of it.
—  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
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
—  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
A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
—  George Eliot
There are glances of hatred that stab, and raise no cry of murder.
—  George Eliot
How could a man be satisfied with a decision between such alternatives and under such circumstances No more than he can be satisfied with his hat, which he's chosen from among such shapes as the resources of the age offer him.
—  George Eliot
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
—  George Eliot
Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice. Our thoughts are often worse than we are, just as they are often better.
—  George Eliot
It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us.
—  George Eliot
It will never rain roses; when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
—  George Eliot
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us what we are.
—  George Eliot
... for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
—  George Eliot
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
—  George Eliot
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
—  George Eliot
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
—  George Eliot
To judge wisely, we must know how things appear to the unwise.
—  George Eliot
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
—  George Eliot
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
—  George Eliot
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
—  George Eliot
What is opportunity to the man who can't use it? An unfecundated egg, which the waves of time wash away into nonentity.
—  George Eliot
He was at a starting point which makes many a man's career a fine subject for betting, if there were any gentlemen given to that amusement who could appreciate the complicated probabilities of an arduous purpose.
—  George Eliot
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
—  George Eliot
She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.
—  George Eliot
There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
—  George Eliot
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.
—  George Eliot
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
—  George Eliot
A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
—  George Eliot
Mighty is the force of motherhood! It transforms all things by its vital heat.
—  George Eliot
Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.
—  George Eliot
This is a puzzling world, and Old Harry's got a finger in it.
—  George Eliot
So shall I join the choir invisible Whose music is the gladness of the world.
—  George Eliot
But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
—  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
Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
—  George Eliot
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
—  George Eliot
Hell is oneself; Hell is alone, the other figures in it merely projections. There is nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to. One is always alone.
—  George Eliot
Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
—  George Eliot
In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.
—  George Eliot
Education was almost always a matter of luck usually ill luck in those distant days.
—  George Eliot
You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.
—  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
We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
—  George Eliot
Children demand that their heroes should be fleckless, and easily believe them so.
—  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 receipt.
—  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
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
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
—  George Eliot
The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.
—  George Eliot
To manage men, one ought to have a sharp mind in a velvet sheath.
—  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
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
—  George Eliot
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
—  George Eliot
Men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness.
—  George Eliot
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
—  George Eliot
An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
—  George Eliot
He who rules must humor full as much as he commands.
—  George Eliot
Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
—  George Eliot
Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
—  George Eliot
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
—  George Eliot
Oh may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence.
—  George Eliot
It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one's own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care.
—  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
Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances.
—  George Eliot
Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted to say, that as the sore palate findeth grit, so an uneasy consciousness heareth innuendos.
—  George Eliot
It's but little good you'll do awatering the last year's crop.
—  George Eliot
But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire; the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.
—  George Eliot
Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.
—  George Eliot
It is easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.
—  George Eliot
Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from anything which he may lawfully claim.
—  George Eliot
expectations of women Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
—  George Eliot
It's them as take advantage that get advantage i' this world.
—  George Eliot
Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
—  George Eliot
Each thought is a nail that is driven In structures that cannot decay; And the mansion at last will be given To us as we build it each day.
—  George Eliot
Hatred is like fire; it makes even light rubbish deadly.
—  George Eliot
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
—  George Eliot
What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
—  George Eliot
The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
—  George Eliot
Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
—  George Eliot
Women should be protected from anyone's exercise of unrighteous power ... but then, so should every other living creature.
—  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're gone.
—  George Eliot
I at least have so much to do in unraveling certain human lots, and seeing how they were woven and interwoven, that all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web.
—  George Eliot
How unspeakably the lengthening of memories in common endears our old friends!
—  George Eliot
The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.
—  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
If we use common words on a great occasion, they are the more striking, because they are felt at once to have a particular meaning, like old banners, or everyday clothes, hung up in a sacred place.
—  George Eliot
Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to voices within.
—  George Eliot
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
—  George Eliot
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
—  George Eliot
Wise books For half the truths they hold are honored tombs.
—  George Eliot
The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.
—  George Eliot
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
—  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
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
—  George Eliot
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us.
—  George Eliot
Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand.
—  George Eliot
Perhaps his might be one of the natures where a wise estimate of consequences is fused in the fires of that passionate belief which determines the consequences it believes in.
—  George Eliot
In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.
—  George Eliot
Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled egg; and when it takes to cackling will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.
—  George Eliot
A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
—  George Eliot
The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.
—  George Eliot
Life is too precious to be spent in this weaving and unweaving of false impressions, and it is better to live quietly under some degree of misrepresentation than to attempt to remove it by the uncertain process of letter-writing.
—  George Eliot
But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
—  George Eliot
When one wanted one's interests looking after whatever the cost, it was not so well for a lawyer to be over honest, else he might not be up to other people's tricks.
—  George Eliot
A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side.
—  George Eliot
With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavours and the tinglings of a merited shame.
—  George Eliot
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
—  George Eliot
Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance!
—  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
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
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
Plainness has its peculiar temptations quite as much as beauty.
—  George Eliot
Ignorance ... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
—  George Eliot
Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.
—  George Eliot
When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.
—  George Eliot
The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth.
—  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
It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism.
—  George Eliot
A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.
—  George Eliot
No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
—  George Eliot
Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
—  George Eliot
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
—  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
What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.
—  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
One couldn't carry on life comfortably without a little blindness to the fact that everything has been said better than we can put it ourselves.
—  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
When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
—  George Eliot
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
—  George Eliot
We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.
—  George Eliot

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