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On the contrary, having the amiable vanity which knits us to those who are fond of us, and disinclines us to those who are indifferent, and also a good grateful nature, the mere idea that a woman had a kindness towards him spun little threads of tenderness from out his heart towards hers. -- George Eliot
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The days of chivalry are not gone, notwithstanding Burke's grand dirge over them; they live still in that far-off worship paid by many a youth and man to the woman of whom he never dreams that he shall touch so much as her little finger or the hem of her robe. -- George Eliot
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He bore the same sort of resemblance to his mother that our loving memory of a friend's face often bears to the face itself: the lines were all more generous, the smile brighter, the expression heartier. If -- George Eliot
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When we are suddenly released from an acute absorbing bodily pain, our heart and senses leap out in new freedom; we think even the noise of streets harmonious, and are ready to hug the tradesman who is wrapping up our change. -- George Eliot
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As leopard feels at home with leopard. -- George Eliot
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I still think that the greater part of the world is mistaken about many things. Surely one may be sane and yet think so, since the greater part of the world has often had to come round from its opinion. -- George Eliot
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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
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What furniture can give such finish to a room as a tender woman's face? And is there any harmony of tints that has such stirring of delight as the sweet modulation of her voice? -- George Eliot
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But certain winds will make men's temper bad. -- George Eliot
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Who can prove Wit to be witty when with deeper ground Dulness intuitive declares wit dull? -- George Eliot
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The majority of us scarcely see more distinctly the faultiness of our own conduct than the faultiness of our own arguments, orthe dulness [sic] of our own jokes. -- George Eliot
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Joy is the best of wine. -- George Eliot
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I like to read about Moses best, in th' Old Testament. He carried a hard business well through, and died when other folks were going to reap the fruits; a man must have courage to look after his life so, and think what'll come f it after he's dead and gone. -- George Eliot
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Ah, I often think it's wi' th' old folks as it is wi' the babies; they're satisfied wi' looking, no matter what they're looking at. It's God A'mighty's way o' quietening 'em, I reckon, afore they go to sleep. -- George Eliot
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when a man's said what he means, he'd better stop, for th' ale 'ull be none the better for stannin'. An -- George Eliot
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Women know no perfect love:
Loving the strong, they can forsake the strong;
Man clings because the being whom he loves
Is weak and needs him. -- George Eliot
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What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? -- George Eliot
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Happy husbands and wives can hear each other say the same thing over and over again without being tired. -- George Eliot
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There is no compensation for the woman who feels that the chief relation of her life has been no more than a mistake. She has lost her crown. The deepest secret of human blessedness has half whispered itself to her, and then forever passed her by. -- George Eliot
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A map was a fine thing to study when you were disposed to think of something else, being made up of names that would turn into a chime if you went back upon them. -- George Eliot
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Better a wrong will than a wavering; better a steadfast enemy than an uncertain friend; better a false belief than no belief at all. -- George Eliot
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Miss Brooke's large eyes seemed, like her religion, too unusual and striking. -- George Eliot
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Thought Has joys apart, even in blackest woe, And seizing some fine thread of verity Knows momentary godhead. -- George Eliot
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Life is like a game of whist. I don't enjoy the game much; but I like to play my cards well, and see what will be the end of it. -- George Eliot
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So deeply inherent is it in this life of ours that men have to suffer for each other's sins, so inevitably diffusive is human suffering, that even justice makes its victims, and we can conceive no retribution that does not spread beyond its mark in pulsations of unmerited pain. -- George Eliot
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Hath she her faults? I would you had them too. They are the fruity must of soundest wine; Or say, they are regenerating fire Such as hath turned the dense black element Into a crystal pathway for the sun. -- George Eliot
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The prevarication and white lies which a mind that keeps itself ambitiously pure is as uneasy under as a great artist under the false touches that no eye detects but his own, are worn as lightly as mere trimming when once the actions have become a lie. -- George Eliot
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As usual I am suffering much from doubt as to the worth of what I am doing and fear lest I may not be able to complete it so as to make it a contribution to literature and not a mere addition to the heap of books. -- George Eliot
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I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. -- George Eliot
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I have never done you injustice. Please remember me," said Dorothea, repressing a rising sob.
"Why should you say that?" said Will, with irritation. "As if I were not in danger of forgetting everything else. -- George Eliot
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She handled it (her trade) with all the grace that belongs to mastery. -- George Eliot
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Mr. Casaubon had never had a strong bodily frame, and his soul was sensitive without being enthusiastic: it was too languid to thrill out of self-consciousness into passionate delight; it went on fluttering in the swampy ground where it was hatched, thinking of its wings and never flying. -- George Eliot
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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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There's times when the crockery seems alive, an' flies out o' your hand like a bird. It's like the glass, sometimes, 'ull crack as it stands. What is to be broke will be broke. -- George Eliot
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Few things hold the perception more thoroughly captive than anxiety about what we have got to say -- George Eliot
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Three cuttle-fish sable, and a commentator rampant. -- George Eliot
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Plainness has its peculiar temptations and vices quite as much as beauty; it is apt either to feign amiability, or not feigning it, to show all the repulsiveness of discontent. -- George Eliot
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Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution. -- George Eliot
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The commonest man, who has his ounce of sense and feeling, is conscious of the difference between a lovely, delicate woman and a coarse one. Even a dog feels a difference in her presence. -- George Eliot
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The most powerful movement of feeling with a liturgy is the prayer which seeks for nothing special, but is a yearning to escape from the limitations of our own weakness and an invocation of all Good to enter and abide with us. -- George Eliot
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You won't be giving me away, father,' she had said before they went to church; 'you'll only be taking Aaron to be a son to you. -- George Eliot
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Dorothea, he said to himself, was for ever enthroned in his soul: no other woman could sit higher than her footstool ... -- George Eliot
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For me to help him," said Dorothea, ardently. "You have quite made up your mind, I see. Well, my dear, the fact is, I have a letter for you in my pocket." Mr. Brooke handed the letter to Dorothea, but as she rose to go away, he added, "There is not too much -- George Eliot
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We are angered even by the full acceptance of our humiliating confessions - how much more by hearing in hard distinct syllables from the lips of a near observer, those confused murmurs which we try to call morbid, and strive against as if they were the oncoming of numbness! -- George Eliot
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Who has not felt the beauty of a woman's arm? The unspeakable suggestions of tenderness that lie in the dimpled elbow, and all the varied gently-lessening curves, down to the delicate wrist, with its tiniest, almost imperceptible nicks in the firm softness. -- George Eliot
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It is very difficult to be learned; it seems as if people were worn out on the way to great thoughts, and can never enjoy them because they are too tired. -- George Eliot
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Children demand that their heroes should be freckle less, and easily believe them so: perhaps a first discovery to the contrary is less revolutionary shock to a passionate child than the threatened downfall of habitual beliefs which makes the world seem to totter for us in maturer life. -- George Eliot
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That golden sky, which was the doubly blessed symbol of advancing day and of approaching rest. -- George Eliot
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Bad literature of the sort called amusing is spiritual gin. -- George Eliot
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In the schoolroom her quick mind had taken readily that strong starch of unexplained rules and disconnected facts which saves ignorance from any painful sense of limpness. -- George Eliot
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Perhaps I feel about you as the artist does about the scene over which his soul has brooded with love: he would tremble to see it confided to other hands; he would never believe that it could bear for another all the meaning and the beauty it bears for him. -- George Eliot
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We are children of a large family, and must learn, as such children do, not to expect that our little hurts will be made much of - to be content with little nurture and caressing, and help each other the more. -- George Eliot
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There's truth in wine, and there may be some in gin and muddy beer; but whether it's truth worth my knowing, is another question. -- George Eliot
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Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty. -- George Eliot
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Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts - not to hurt others. -- George Eliot
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What a wretched lot of old shrivelled creatures we shall be by-and-by. Never mind - the uglier we get in the eyes of others, the lovelier we shall be to each other; that has always been my firm faith about friendship. -- George Eliot
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We have all got to exert ourselves a little to keep sane, and call things by the same names as other people call them by. -- George Eliot
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That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow. -- George Eliot
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Childhood is only the beautiful and happy time in contemplation and retrospect: to the child it is full of deep sorrows, the meaning of which is unknown. -- George Eliot
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In certain crises direct expression of sympathy is the least possible to those who most feel sympathy. -- George Eliot
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Family likeness has often a deep sadness in it. Nature, that great tragic dramatist, knits us together by bone and muscle, and divides us by the subtler web of our brains; blends yearning and repulsion; and ties us by our heart-strings to the beings that jar us at every movement. -- George Eliot
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For the fragment of a life, however typical, is not the sample of an even web: promises may not be kept, and an ardent outset may be followed by declension; latent powers may find their long-awaited opportunity; a past error may urge a grand retrieval. -- George Eliot
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But we are frightened at much that is not strictly conceivable. -- George Eliot
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A good horse makes short miles. -- George Eliot
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Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries. -- George Eliot
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Was never true love loved in vain, For truest love is highest gain. -- George Eliot
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But you're a naughty girl. Last holidays you licked the paint off my lozenge box, and the holidays before that you let the boat drag my fish-line down when I'd set you to watch it, and you pushed your head through my kite, all for nothing. -- George Eliot
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If you had a table spread for a feast, and was making merry with your friends, you would think it was kind to let me come and sit down and rejoice with you, because you'd think I should like to share those good things; but I should like better to share in your trouble and your labour. -- George Eliot
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Explain! Tell a man to explain how he dropped into hell! Explain my preference! I never had a preference for her, any more than I have a preference for breathing. No other woman exists by the side of her. I would rather touch her hand if it were dead, than I would touch any other woman's living. -- George Eliot
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You must not judge of Celia's feeling from mine. I think she likes these small pets. She had a tiny terrier once, which she was very fond of. It made me unhappy, because I was afraid of treading on it. I am rather short-sighted. -- George Eliot
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I'm very fond of you, Maggie; I shall never forget you," said Philip, "and when I'm very unhappy, I shall always think of you, and wish I had a sister with dark eyes, just like yours. -- George Eliot
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Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand. -- George Eliot
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In the man whose childhood has known caresses and kindness, there is always a fiber of memory that can be touched to gentle issues. -- George Eliot
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It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium. -- George Eliot
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Our guides, we pretend, must be sinless: as if those were not often the best teachers who only yesterday got corrected for their mistakes. -- George Eliot
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Consequences are unpitying. Our deeds carry their terrible consequences, quite apart from any fluctuations that went before - consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves. And it is best to fix our minds on that certainty, instead of considering what may be the elements of excuse for us. -- George Eliot
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The human heart finds nowhere shelter but in human kind. -- George Eliot
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It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them. -- George Eliot
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O the anguish of the thought that we can never atone to our dead for the stinted affection we gave them. -- George Eliot
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The dull mind, once arriving at an inference that flatters the desire, is rarely able to retain the impression that the notion from which the inference started was purely problematic. -- George Eliot
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It is painful to be told that anything is very fine and not be able to feel that it is fine
something like being blind, while people talk of the sky. -- George Eliot
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Leisure is gone,
gone where the spinning-wheels are gone, and the pack-horses, and the slow wagons, and the peddlers, who brought bargains to the door on sunny afternoons. -- George Eliot
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If there is an angel who records the sorrows of men as well as their sins, he knows how many and deep are the sorrows that spring from false ideas for which no man is culpable. -- George Eliot
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A maggot must be born i' the rotten cheese to like it. -- George Eliot
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People who seem to enjoy their ill-temper have a way of keeping it in fine condition by inflicting privations on themselves. -- George Eliot
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He did not shrug his shoulders; and for want of that muscular outlet he thought the more irritably of beautiful lips kissing holy skulls and other emptinesses ecclesiastically enshrined. -- George Eliot
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What is your religion? I mean-not what you know about religion but the belief that helps you most? -- George Eliot
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All our ignorance brings us closer to death. -- George Eliot
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It is always chilling, in friendly intercourse, to say you have no opinion to give. -- George Eliot
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He held it one of the prettiest attitudes of the feminine mind to adore a man's pre-eminence without too precise a knowledge of what it consisted in. -- George Eliot
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In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness. -- George Eliot
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The early months of marriage often are times of critical tumult,
whether that of a shrimp pool or of deeper water,
which afterwards subside into cheerful peace. -- George Eliot
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Under every guilty secret there is hidden a brood of guilty wishes, whose unwholesome infecting life is cherished by the darkness. -- George Eliot
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Our sweet illusions are half of them conscious illusions, like effects of colour that we know to be made up of tinsel, broken glass and rags. -- George Eliot
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In the love of a brave and faithful man there is always a strain of maternal tenderness; he gives out again those beams of protecting fondness which were shed on him as he lay on his mother's knee. -- George Eliot
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To the old, sorrow is sorrow; to the young, it is despair. -- George Eliot
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I am influenced at the present time by far higher considerations and by a nobler idea of duty than I ever was when I held the Evangelical belief. -- George Eliot
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But is it what we love, or how we love,
That makes true good? -- George Eliot
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How unspeakably the lengthening of memories in common endears our old friends! -- George Eliot
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Every man's work, pursued steadily, tends to become an end in itself, and so to bridge over the loveless chasms of his life. -- George Eliot
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It is in these acts called trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted until men and women look round with haggard faces at the devastation their own waste has made and say the earth bears no harvest of sweetness - calling their denial knowledge. -- George Eliot
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Death is the only physician, the shadow of his valley the only journeying that will cure us of age and the gathering fatigue of years. -- George Eliot
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Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow. -- George Eliot
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Whatever may be the success of my stories, I shall be resolute in preserving my incognito, having observed that a nom de plume secures all the advantages without the disagreeables of reputation. -- George Eliot
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She felt that she was beginning to know the pang of disappointed love, and that no other man could be the occasion of such delightful aerial building as she had been enjoying for the last six months. -- George Eliot
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A pretty building I'm making, without either bricks or timber. I'm up i' the garret a'ready, and haven't so much as dug the foundation. -- George Eliot
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It is not true that a man's intellectual power is, like the strength of a timber beam, to be measured by its weakest point. -- George Eliot
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Mrs. Renfrew, the colonel's widow, was not only unexceptionable in point of breeding, but also interesting on the ground of her complaint, which puzzled the doctors, and seemed clearly a case wherein the fulness of professional knowledge might need the supplement of quackery. -- George Eliot
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Confound you handsome young fellows! You think of having it all your own way in the world. You don't understand women. They don't admire you half so much as you admire yourselves. -- George Eliot
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In the first moments when we come away from the presence of death, every other relation to the living is merged, to our feeling, in the great relation of a common nature and a common destiny. -- George Eliot
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It so often happens that others are measuring us by our past self while we are looking back on that self with a mixture of disgust and sorrow. -- George Eliot
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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
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To be candid, in Middlemarch phraseology, meant, to use an early opportunity of letting your friends know that you did not take a cheerful view of their capacity, their conduct, or their position; and a robust candor never waited to be asked for its opinion. -- George Eliot
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Satan was a blunderer ... who made a stupendous failure. If he had succeeded, we should all have been worshipping him, and his portrait would have been more flattering. -- George Eliot
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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
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He longed now to have the sort of apprenticeship to life which would not shape him too definitely, and rob him of the choice that might come from a free growth. -- George Eliot
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Life's a vast sea
That does its mighty errand without fail,
Painting in unchanged strength though waves are changing. -- George Eliot
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All honour and reverence to the divine beauty of form! Let us cultivate it to the utmost in men, women and children
in our gardens and in our houses. But let us love that other beauty too, which lies in no secret of proportion but in the secret of deep human sympathy. -- George Eliot
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Folks as have no mind to be o' use have allays the luck to be out o' the road when there's anything to be done. -- George Eliot
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Aye, aye, that's the way wi' thee: thee allays makes a peck o' thy own words out o' a pint o' the Bible's -- George Eliot
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I love words; they are the quoits, the bows, the staves that furnish the gymnasium of the mind. -- George Eliot
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A bachelor's children are always young: they're immortal children - always lisping, waddling, helpless, and with a chance of turning out good. -- George Eliot
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They are always wanting reasons, yet they are too ignorant to understand the merits of any question, and usually fall back on their moral sense to settle things after their own taste." Evidently -- George Eliot
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Love gives insight, Maggie, and insight often gives foreboding. Listen to me, let me supply you with books; do let me see you sometimes, be your brother and teacher, as you said at Lorton. It is less wrong that you should see me than that you should be committing this long suicide. -- George Eliot
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The best fire doesna flare up the soonest. -- George Eliot
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A woman may get to love by degrees - the best fire does not flare up the soonest. -- George Eliot
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That is beautiful mysticism, it is a - "
"Please not to call it by any name," said Dorothea, putting out her hands entreatingly. "You will say it is Persian, or something geographical. It is my life. I have found it out and cannot part with it. -- George Eliot
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Love has a way of cheating itself consciously, like a child who plays at solitary hide-and-seek; it is pleased with assurances that it all the while disbelieves. -- George Eliot
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And certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it. -- George Eliot
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If you put him a-horseback on politics, I warn you of the consequences. It was all very well to ride on sticks at home and call them ideas. -- George Eliot
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Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline. -- George Eliot
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We know what a masquerade all development is, and what effective shapes may be disguised in helpless embryos. - In fact, the world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome dubious eggs called possibilities. -- George Eliot
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No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence. -- George Eliot
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The only conscience we can trust to is the massive sense of wrong in a class, and the best wisdom that will work is the wisdom of balancing claims. That's my text - which side is injured? I support the man who supports their claims, not the virtuous upholder of the wrong. -- George Eliot
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The sense of an entailed disadvantage - the deformed foot doubtfully hidden by the shoe, makes a restlessly active spiritual yeast, and easily turns a self-centered, unloving nature into an Ishmaelite. -- George Eliot
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[Dagley] had also taken too much in the shape of muddy political talk, a stimulant dangerously disturbing to his farming conservatism, which consisted in holding that whatever is, is bad, and any change is likely to be worse. -- George Eliot
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We don't ask what a woman does; we ask whom she belongs to. -- George Eliot
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Her flame quickly burned up that light fuel; and, fed from within, soared after some illimitable satisfaction, some object which would never justify weariness, which would reconcile self-despair with the rapturous consciousness of life beyond self. -- George Eliot
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I trust you as holy men trust God; you could do nought that was not pure and loving, though the deed might pierce me unto death. -- George Eliot
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The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision. -- George Eliot
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If you could make a pudding wi' thinking o' the batter, it 'ud be easy getting dinner. -- George Eliot
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Shepperton Church was a very different looking building five-and-twenty years ago. To be sure, its substantial stone tower looks at you through its intelligent eye, the clock, with the friendly expression of former days; but in everything else what changes! -- George Eliot
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You know nothing about Hope, that immortal, delicious maiden forever courted forever propitious, whom fools have called deceitful, as if it were Hope that carried the cup of disappointment, whereas it is her deadly enemy, Certainty, whom she only es -- George Eliot
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Where Jack isn't safe, Tom's in danger. -- George Eliot
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how hard it is to walk always in fear of hurting another who is tied to us. -- George Eliot
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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
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Romola had had contact with no mind that could stir the larger possibilities of her nature; they lay folded and crushed like embryonic wings, making no element in her consciousness beyond an occasional vague uneasiness. -- George Eliot
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What people do who go into politics I can't think; it drives me almost mad to see mismanagement over only a few hundred acres. -- George Eliot
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Timid people always reek their peevishness on the gentle. -- George Eliot
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She was no longer struggling against the perception of facts, but adjusting herself to their clearest perception. -- George Eliot
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He had no ideal world of dead heroes; he knew little of the life of men in the past; he must find the beings to whom he could cling with loving admiration among those who came within speech of him. -- George Eliot
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By a peculiar thermometric adjustment, when a woman's talent is at zero, journalistic approbation is at the boiling pitch; when she attains mediocrity, it is already at no more than summer heat; and if ever she reaches excellence, critical enthusiasm drops to the freezing point. -- George Eliot
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You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable. -- George Eliot
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You know I have duties--we both have duties--before which feeling must be sacrificed. -- George Eliot
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We have had an unspeakably delightful journey, one of those journeys which seem to divide one's life in two, by the new ideas they suggest and the new views of interest they open. -- George Eliot
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We are poor plants buoyed up by the air-vessels of our own conceit: alas for us, if we get a few pinches that empty us of that windy self-subsistence. -- George Eliot
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I'll tell you what's the greatest power under heaven, and that is public opinion-the ruling belief in society about what is right and what is wrong, what is honourable and what is shameful. That's the steam that is to work the engines. -- George Eliot
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I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean. -- George Eliot
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We mustn't be in a hurry to fix and choose our own lot; we must wait to be guided. -- George Eliot
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Life is so complicated a game that the devices of skill are liable to be defeated at every turn by air-blown chances, incalculable as the descent of thistle-down. -- George Eliot
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A man never lies with more delicious languor under the influence of a passion than when he has persuaded himself that he shall subdue it to-morrow. -- George Eliot
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Love is frightened at the intervals of insensibility and callousness that encroach by little and little on the domain of grief, and it makes efforts to recall the keenness of the first anguish. -- George Eliot
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Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. -- George Eliot
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You must be sure of two things: you must love your work, and not be always looking over the edge of it, wanting your play to begin. -- George Eliot
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Let even an affectionate Goliath get himself tied to a small tender thing, dreading to hurt it by pulling, and dreading still more to snap the cord, and which of the two, pray, will be master? -- George Eliot
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Effective magic is transcendent nature. -- George Eliot
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If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. -- George Eliot
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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
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Each position has its corresponding duties. -- George Eliot
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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
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Dear Friends all, A thousand Christmas pleasures and blessings to you
good resolutions and bright hopes for the New Year! Amen. People who can't be witty exert themselves to be pious or affectionate. -- George Eliot
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We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it. -- George Eliot
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I flutter all ways, and fly in none. -- George Eliot
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I know forgiveness is a man's duty, but, to my thinking, that can only mean as you're to give up all thoughts o' taking revenge: it can never mean as you're t' have your old feelings back again, for that's not possible. -- George Eliot
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i am always bored." (gwendolen harleth) -- George Eliot
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I wonder if any other girl thinks her father the best man in the world!"
"Nonsense, child; you'll think your husband better."
"Impossible," said Mary, relapsing into her usual tone; "husbands are an inferior class of men, who require keeping in order. -- George Eliot
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We cannot speak a loyal word and be meanly silent, we cannot kill and not kill in the same moment; but a moment is room wide enough for the loyal and mean desire, for the outlash of a murderous thought and the sharp bakcward stroke of repetance. -- George Eliot
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A human being in this aged nation of ours is a very wonderful hole, the slow creation of long interchanging influences; and charm is a result of two such wholes, the one loving and the one loved. -- George Eliot
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Things are achieved when they are well begun. -- George Eliot
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No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. -- George Eliot
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Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted to say, that as the sore palate findeth grit, so an uneasy consciousness heareth innuendos. -- George Eliot
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Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course. -- George Eliot
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A blush is no language; only a dubious flag - signal which may mean either of two contradictories -- George Eliot
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For we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them. -- George Eliot
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Fatally powerful as religious systems have been, human nature is stronger and wider, and though dogmas may hamper they cannot absolutely repress its growth. -- George Eliot
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"Abroad," that large home of ruined reputations. -- George Eliot
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Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life--the life which has a seed of ennobling thought and purpose within--can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances. -- George Eliot
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I should say she didn't," said Mr. Macey, significantly. "Before I said "sniff", I took care to know as she'd say "snaff", and pretty quick too. I wasn't a-going to open my mouth, like a dog at a fly, and snap it to again, wi' nothing to swaller. -- George Eliot
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The select natures who pant after the ideal, and find nothing in pantaloons or petticoats great enough to command their reverence and love, are curiously in unison with the narrowest and pettiest. -- George Eliot
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It cuts one sadly to see the grief of old people; they've no way o' working it off; and the new spring brings no new shoots out on the withered tree. -- George Eliot
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The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions. -- George Eliot
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Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. -- George Eliot
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You are discontented with the world because you can't get just the small things that suit your pleasure, not because it's a world where myriads of men and women are ground by wrong and misery, and tainted with pollution. -- George Eliot
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I don't mind how many letters I receive from one who interests me as much as you do. The receptive part of correspondence I can carry on with much alacrity. It is writing answers that I groan over. -- George Eliot
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It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crops -- George Eliot
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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
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Strange, that some of us, with quick alternative 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
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Among the blessings of love there is hardly one more exquisite than the sense that in uniting the beloved life to ours we can watch over its happiness, bring comfort where hardship was, and over memories of privation and suffering open the sweetest fountains of joy. -- George Eliot
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To my thinking, it is more pitiable to bore than to be bored. -- George Eliot
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I fear that in this thing many rich people deceive themselves. They go on accumulating the means but never using them; making bricks, but never building. -- George Eliot
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They say fortune is a woman and capricious. But sometimes she is a good woman, and gives to those who merit. -- George Eliot
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A man carries within him the germ of his most exceptional action; and if we wise people make eminent fools of ourselves on any particular occasion, we must endure the legitimate conclusion that we carry a few grains of folly to our ounce of wisdom. -- George Eliot
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The fallibility of human brains is in nothing more obvious than in proof reading. -- George Eliot
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Things look dim to old folks: they'd need have some young eyes about 'em, to let 'em know the world's the same as it used to be. -- George Eliot
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He was unique to her among men because he's impressed her as being not her admirer her superior. In some mysterious way he was becoming a part of her conscience as one woman who's nature is an object of reverential belief may become a new conscience to a man. -- George Eliot
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It's never too late to be who you were meant to be. -- George Eliot
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a certain consciousness of our entire past and our imagined future blends itself with all our moments of keen sensibility. And -- George Eliot
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It will always remain true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us. -- George Eliot
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It is seldom a medical man has true religious views
there is too much pride of intellect. -- George Eliot
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Even when she was speaking, her soul was in prayer reposing on an unseen support. -- George Eliot
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Yes, Isaac Taylor, who has just published 'The World of Mind,' is the Isaac Taylor, author of the 'Natural History of Enthusiasm.' I dare say by this time there is a want of fatty particles in his brain. -- George Eliot
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College mostly makes people like bladders -
just good for nothing but t' hold the stuff as is poured into 'em. -- George Eliot
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That was an evil terror
an ugly inmate to have found a nestling-place in Godfrey's kindly disposition; but no disposition is a security from evil wishes to a man whose happiness hangs on duplicity. -- George Eliot
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A suppressed resolve will betray itself in the eyes. -- George Eliot
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In bed our yesterdays are too oppressive: if a man can only get up, though it be but to whistle or to smoke, he has a present which offers some resistance to the past - sensations which assert themselves against tyrannous memories. -- George Eliot
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People talk of their motives in a cut and dried way. Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster. I am not a monster but I have not felt exactly what other women feel, or say they feel, for fear of being thought unlike others. -- George Eliot
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I magnified, as usual, the impression any word or deed of mine could produce on others. -- George Eliot
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People who write finely must not expect to be left in repose; they will be molested with thanks, at least. -- George Eliot
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There was no gleam, no shadow, for the heavens, too, were one still, pale cloud; no sound or motion in anything but the dark river that flowed and moaned like an unresting sorrow. -- George Eliot
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It is the way with half the truth amidst which we live, that it only haunts us and makes dull pulsations that are never born into sound. -- George Eliot
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What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor! -- George Eliot
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There is hardly any contact more depressing to a young ardent creature than that of a mind in which years full of knowledge seem to have issued in a blank absence of interest or sympathy. -- George Eliot
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Her shrewdness had a streak of satiric bitterness continually renewed and never carried utterly out of sight, except by a strong current of gratitude towards those who, instead of telling her that she ought to be contented, did something to make her so. -- George Eliot
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Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings. -- George Eliot
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We insignificant people with our daily words and acts are preparing the lives of many Dorotheas, some of which may present a far sadder sacrifice than that of the Dorothea whose story we know. -- George Eliot
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Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it? -- George Eliot
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It's an uncommonly dangerous thing to be left without any padding against the shafts of disease. -- George Eliot
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Habit is the beneficent harness of routine which enables silly men to live respectfully and unhappy men to live calmly -- George Eliot
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In poor Rosamond's mind there was not room enough for luxuries to look small in. -- George Eliot
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Plain women he regarded as he did the other severe facts of life, to be faced with philosophy and investigated by science. -- George Eliot
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No anguish I have had to bear on your account has been too heavy a price to pay for the new life into which I have entered in loving you. -- George Eliot
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The perpetual mourner
the grief that can never be healed
is innocently enough felt to be wearisome by the rest of the world. And my sense of desolation increases. Each day seems a new beginning
a new acquaintance with grief. -- George Eliot
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Of all forms of human error, prophesy is the most avoidable. -- George Eliot
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Yes, the house must be inhabited, and we will see by whom; for imagination is a licensed trespasser: it has no fear of dogs, but may climb over walls and peep in at windows with impunity. -- George Eliot
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If you are to rule men, you must rule them through their own ideas. -- George Eliot
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There is a lightness about the feminine mind
a touch and go
music, the fine arts, that kind of thing
they should study those up to a certain point, women should; but in a light way, you know. -- George Eliot
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The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule, and not to wander in mere lawlessness. -- George Eliot
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Mr. Poyser had no reason to be ashamed of his leg, and suspected that the growing abuse of top-boots and other fashions tending to disguise the nether limbs had their origin in a pitiable degeneracy of the human calf. -- George Eliot
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The years seem to rush by now, and I think of death as a fast approaching end of a journey-double and treble reason for loving as well as working while it is day. -- George Eliot
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It is pleasant to have a kind word now and then when one is not near enough to have a kind glance or a hearty shake by the hand. -- George Eliot
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But with regard to critical occasions, it often happens that all moments seem comfortably remote until the last. -- George Eliot
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It is in the nature of foolish reasonings to seem good to the foolish reasoner. -- George Eliot
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I am feeling easy now, and you will well understand that after undergoing pain this ease is opening paradise. Invalids must be excused for being eloquent about themselves. -- George Eliot
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True, he had dreamy visions of possibilities: there is no human being who having both passions and thoughts does not think in consequence of his passions - does not find images rising in his mind which soothe the passion with hope or sting it with dread. -- George Eliot
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the present moment is all we can call our own for works of mercy, of righteous dealing, and of family tenderness. All -- George Eliot
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He thought it probable that Miss Brooke liked him, and manners must be very marked indeed before they cease to be interpreted by preconceptions either confident or distrustful. -- George Eliot
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In my opinion," said Lydgate, "legal training only makes a man more incompetent in questions that require knowledge of another kind. -- George Eliot
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Surely there was something taught her by this experience of great need; and she must be learning a secret of human tenderness and long-suffering, that the less erring could hardly know? -- George Eliot
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Blessed influence of one true loving human soul on another! Not calculable by algebra, not deducible by logic, but mysterious, effectual, mighty as the hidden process by which the tiny seed is quickened, and bursts forth into tall stem and broad leaf, and glowing tasseled flower. -- George Eliot
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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. -- George Eliot
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There is a power in the direct glance of a sincere and loving human soul, which will do more to dissipate prejudice and kindle charity than the most elaborate arguments. -- George Eliot
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But womanly, I hope, said Mrs. Garth, half suspecting that Mrs. Casaubon might not hold the true principle of subordination. -- George Eliot
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I have serious things to do now. I have a living to give away. -- George Eliot
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It is impossible, to me at least, to be poetical in cold weather. -- George Eliot
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She had forgotten his faults as we forget
the sorrows of our departed childhood. -- George Eliot
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I've always mistrusted that sort o' learning as leaves folks foolish and unreasonable about business. -- George Eliot
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Adventure is not outside man; it is within. -- George Eliot
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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
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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
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It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, 'Know thyself,' and too often leads to a self- estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident. -- George Eliot
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It is strange how deeply colors seem to penetrate one, like scent. I suppose that is the reason why gems are used as spiritual emblems in the Revelation of St John. They look like fragments of heaven. I think the emerald is more beautiful than any of them. -- George Eliot
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John considered a young master as the natural enemy of an old servant, and young people in general as a poor contrivance for carrying on the world. -- George Eliot
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He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow. -- George Eliot
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Does not the Hunger Tower stand as the type of the utmost trial to what is human in us? -- George Eliot
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There are always people who can't forgive an able man for differing from them. -- George Eliot
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Does any one suppose that private prayer is necessarily candid - necessarily goes to the roots of action? Private prayer is inaudible speech, and speech is representative: who can represent himself just as he is, even in his own reflections? -- George Eliot
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What business has an old bachelor like that to marry?' said Sir James. 'He has one foot in the grave.'
'He means to draw it out again, I suppose. -- George Eliot
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The poverty of our imagination is no measure of say the world's resources. Our posterity will no doubt get fuel in ways that we are unable to devise for them. -- George Eliot
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Not at all," said Dorothea, with the most open kindness. "I like you very much."
Will was not quite contented, thinking that he would apparently have been of more importance if he had been disliked. He said nothing, but looked dull, not to say sulky. -- George Eliot
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The brethren sometimes err in measuring the Divine love by the sinner's knowledge. -- George Eliot
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Melodies die out, like the pipe of Pan, with the ears that love them and listen for them. -- George Eliot
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The wrong that rouses our angry passions finds only a medium in us; it passes through us like a vibration, and we inflict what we have suffered. -- George Eliot
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What believer sees a disturbing omission or infelicity? The text, whether of prophet or of poet, expands for whatever we can put into it, and even his bad grammar is sublime. -- George Eliot
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...for the human mind in that grassy corner had not the proverbial tendency to admire the unknown, holding rather that it was likely to be against the poor man, and that suspicion was the only wise attitude with regard to it. -- George Eliot
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Was something very new and strange in his life that these few words of trust from a woman should be so much to him. -- George Eliot
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But if Maggie had been that young lady, you would probably have known nothing about her: her life would have had so few vicissitudes that it could hardly have been written; for the happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. -- George Eliot
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Why should I not marry the man who loves me, if I love him?" said Catherine. To her the effort was something like the leap of a woman from the deck into the lifeboat. "It -- George Eliot
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Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through. -- George Eliot
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Keep true. Never be ashamed of doing right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it. -- George Eliot
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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
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In a paradise with sweet laughs for bird-notes, and blue eyes for a heaven. -- George Eliot
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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
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A proud woman who has learned to submit carries all her pride to the reinforcement of her submission, and looks down with severe superiority on all feminine assumption as unbecoming. -- George Eliot
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Lisbeth, though disposed always to take the negative side in her conversations with Seth, had a vague sense that there was some comfort and safety in the fact of his piety, and that it somehow relieved her from the trouble of any spiritual transactions on her own behalf. -- George Eliot
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It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view. -- George Eliot
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It is never too late to be who you want to be. -- George Eliot
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It is not true that love makes all things easy, it makes us chose things that are difficult. -- George Eliot
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Letter-writing I imagine is counted as 'work' from which you must abstain, and I scribble this letter simply from the self-satisfied notion that you will like to hear from me. You see, I have asked no questions, which are the torture-screws of correspondence. Hence you have nothing to answer. -- George Eliot
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Man may content himself with the applause of the world and the homage paid to his intellect, but woman's heart has holier idols. -- George Eliot
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He, like others, happened to be looking at her, and their eyes met - to her intense vexation, for it seemed to her that by looking at him she had betrayed the reference of her thoughts, and she felt herself blushing. -- George Eliot
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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
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There is a sort of human paste that when it comes near the fire of enthusiasm is only baked into harder shape. -- George Eliot
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An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. -- George Eliot
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Miss Lucy's called the bell o' St. Ogg's, they say: that's a cur'ous word,' observed Mr. Pullet, on whom the mysteries of etymology sometimes fell with an oppressive weight. -- George Eliot
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The Squire's life was quite as idle as his sons', but it was a fiction kept up by himself and his contemporaries in Raveloe that youth was exclusively the period of folly, and that their aged wisdom was constantly in a state of endurance mitigated by sarcasm. -- George Eliot
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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
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It is good to be helpful and kindly, but don't give yourself to be melted into candle grease for the benefit of the tallow trade. -- George Eliot
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A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other. -- George Eliot
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One morning, some weeks after her arrival at Lowick, Dorothea - but why always Dorothea? Was her point of view the only possible one with regard to this marriage? -- George Eliot
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Net the large fish and you are sure to have the small fry. -- George Eliot
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Then I shall tell you. It is because you are to me the chief woman in the world - the throned lady whose colours I carry between my heart and my armour. -- George Eliot
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We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves. -- George Eliot
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Our vanities differ as our noses do: all conceit is not the same conceit, but varies in correspondence with the minutiae of mental make in which one of us differs from another. -- George Eliot
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Autobiography at least saves a man or woman that the world is curious about from the publication of a string of mistakes called 'Memoirs. -- George Eliot
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The red drapery which was being hung for Christmas spreading itself everywhere like a disease of the retina. Not -- George Eliot
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An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down. -- George Eliot
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Our instructed vagrancy, which has hardly time to linger by the hedgerows, but runs away early to the tropics, and is at home with palms and banyans - which is nourished on books of travel, and stretches the theatre of its imagination to the Zambesi. -- George Eliot
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What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult to others? -- George Eliot
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Well, well, my boy, if good luck knocks at your door, don't you put your head out at window and tell it to be gone about its business, that's all. -- George Eliot
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Steady work turns genius to a loom. -- George Eliot
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As to memory, it is known that this frail faculty naturally lets drop the facts which are less flattering to our self-love - when it does not retain them carefully as subjects not to be approached, marshy spots with a warning flag over them. -- George Eliot
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Our life is determined for us
and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us, and doing what is given us to do. -- George Eliot
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Yes, said Mr. Casaubon, with that peculiar pitch of voice which makes the word half a negative. -- George Eliot
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Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words. -- George Eliot
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I hold it a blasphemy to say that a man ought not to fight against authority: there is no great religion and no great freedom that has not done it, in the beginning. -- George Eliot
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I protest against all our interest, all our effort at understanding being given to the young skins that look blooming in spite of trouble; for these too will get faded, and will know the older and more eating griefs which we are helping to neglect. In -- George Eliot
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'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio. -- George Eliot
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Tis a petty kind of fame At best, that comes of making violins; And saves no masses, either. Thou wilt go To purgatory none the less. -- George Eliot
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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
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Rosamond being one of those women who live much in the idea that each man they meet would have preferred them if the preference had not been hopeless. -- George Eliot
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Mysterious haunts of echoes old and far, The voice divine of human loyalty. -- George Eliot
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People are so ridiculous with their illusions, carrying their fool's caps unawares, thinking their own lies opaque while everybody else's are transparent, making themselves exceptions to everything, as if when all the world looked yellow under a lamp they alone are rosy. -- George Eliot
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But it is one thing to like defiance, and another thing to like its consequences. -- George Eliot
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You are a poem--and that is to be the best part of a poet--what makes up the
poet's consciousness in his best moods. -- George Eliot
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I've had my say out, and I shall be the' easier for't all my life. There's no pleasure i' living, if you're to be corked up forever, and only dribble your mind out by the sly, like a leaky barrel. -- George Eliot
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I will to make life less bitter for a few within my reach. -- George Eliot
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A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought. -- George Eliot
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To fear the examination of any proposition apears to me an intellectual and a moral palsy that will ever hinder the firm grasping of any substance whatever. -- George Eliot
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Certainly the determining acts of her life were not ideally beautiful. They were the mixed result of young and novel impulse struggling amidst the conditions of an imperfect social state, in which great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion. -- George Eliot
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All things journey: sun and moon, Morning, noon, and afternoon, Night and all her stars; 'Twixt the east and western bars Round they journey, Come and go! We go with them! -- George Eliot
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Speculative truth begins to appear but a shadow of individual minds, agreement between intellects seems unattainable, and we turn to the truth of feeling as the only universal bond of union. -- George Eliot
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I'd sooner have one real grief on my mind than twenty false. It's better to know one's robbed than to think one's going to be murdered. -- George Eliot
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Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them: they can be injured by us, they can be wounded; they
know all our penitence, all our aching sense that their place is empty, all the kisses we bestow on the smallest relic of their presence. -- George Eliot
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I have nothing to tell except travellers' stories, which are always tiresome, like the description of a play which was very exciting to those who saw it. -- George Eliot
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It is seldom that the miserable can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable -- George Eliot
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Society never made the preposterous demand that a man should think as much about his own qualifications for making a charming girl happy as he thinks of hers for making himself happy. -- George Eliot
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Hence the mere chance of seeing Will occasionally was like a lunette opened in the wall of her prison, giving her a glimpse of the sunny air; and this pleasure began to nullify her original alarm at what her husband might think about the introduction of Will as her uncle's guest. On -- George Eliot
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How can a man's candour be seen in all its lustre unless he has a few failings to talk of? But he had an agreeable confidence that his faults were all of a generous kind - impetuous, arm-blooded, leonine; never crawling, crafty, reptilian. -- George Eliot
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Still - it could not be fairly called wooing a woman to tell her that he would never woo her. It must be admitted to be a ghostly kind of wooing. -- George Eliot
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Our deeds are like children that are born to us; they live and act apart from our own will. Nay, children may be strangled, but deeds never: they have an indestructible life both in and out of our consciousness. -- George Eliot
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Our deeds determine us, as long as we determine our deeds -- George Eliot
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The Vicar's talk was not always inspiriting: he had escaped being a Pharisee, but he had not escaped that low estimate of possibilities which we rather hastily arrive at as an inference from our own failure. -- George Eliot
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Other, just as if it had been only yesterday when -- George Eliot
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The higher life begins for us ... when we renounce our own will to bow before a Divine law. -- George Eliot
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I shall never forget you. I have never forgotten anyone whom I once knew. My life has never been crowded, and seems not likely to be so. -- George Eliot
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Her profile as well as her stature and bearing seemed to gain the more dignity from her plain garments, which by the side of provincial fashion gave her the impressiveness of a fine quotation from the Bible, - or from one of our elder poets, - in a paragraph of to-day's newspaper. -- George Eliot
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It seemed to him as if he were beholding in a magic panorama a future where he himself was sliding into that pleasureless yielding to the small solicitations of circumstance, which is a commoner history of perdition than any single momentous bargain. -- George Eliot
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Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been. -- George Eliot
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Perhaps there is no time in a summer's day more cheering, than when the warmth of the sun is just beginning to triumph over the freshness of the morning
when there is just a lingering hint of early coolness to keep off languor under the delicious influence of warmth. -- George Eliot
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One can begin so many things with a new person! - even begin to be a better man. -- George Eliot
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The young ones have always a claim on the old to help them forward. -- George Eliot
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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
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To think of the part one little woman can play in the life of a man, so that to renounce her may be a very good imitation of heroism, and to win her may be a discipline. -- George Eliot
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Modesty, not temper. -- George Eliot
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There are natures in which, if they love us, we are conscious of having a sort of baptism and consecration. -- George Eliot
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Maggie in her crude form, with her hair down her back, and altogether in a state of dubious promise, was a most undesirable niece; but now she was capable of being at once ornamental and useful. -- George Eliot
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I tell you there isn't a thing under the sun that needs to be done at all, but what a man can do better than a woman, unless it's bearing children, and they do that in a poor make-shift way; it had better ha been left to the men. -- George Eliot
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Has any one ever pinched into its pilulous smallness the cobweb of pre-matrimonial acquaintanceship? -- George Eliot
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Strong souls Live like fire-hearted suns to spend their strength In farthest striving action; breathe more free In mighty anguish than in trivial ease. -- George Eliot
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In travelling I shape myself betimes to idleness And take fools' pleasure -- George Eliot
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It was soon clear to the Raveloe lasses that he would never urge one of them to accept him against her will - quite as if he had heard them declare that they would never marry a dead man come to life again. -- George Eliot
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Until every good man is brave, we must expect to find many good women timid
too timid even to believe in the correctness of their own best promptings, when these would place them in a minority. -- George Eliot
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Scenes which make vital changes in our neighbors' lot are but the background of our own, yet, like a particular aspect of the fields and trees, they become associated for us with the epochs of our own history, and make a part of that unity which lies in the selection of our keenest consciousness. -- George Eliot
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It's a strange thing to think of a man as can lift a chair with his teeth, and walk fifty mile on end, trembling and turning hot and cold at only a look from one woman out of all the rest i' the world. It's a mystery we can give no account of. -- George Eliot
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The sublime delight of truthful speech to one who has the great gift of uttering it, will make itself felt even through the pangs of sorrow. -- George Eliot
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He who rules must fully humor as much as he commands. -- George Eliot
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You youngsters nowadays think you're to begin with living well and working easy; you've no notion of running afoot before you get on horseback. -- George Eliot
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She seems to have what I never saw in any woman before - a fountain of friendship towards men - a -- George Eliot
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It is strange how deeply colours seem to penetrate one, like scent. -- George Eliot
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There is so much to read and the days are so short! I get more hungry for knowledge every day, and less able to satisfy my hunger. -- George Eliot
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Throughout their friendship Deronda had been used to Hans' egotism, but he had never before felt intolerant of it: when Hans, habitually pouring out his own feelings and affairs, had never cared for any detail in return, and, if he chanced to know any, had soon forgotten it -- George Eliot
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We learn words by rote, but not their meaning; that must be paid for with our life-blood, and printed in the subtle fibres of our nerves. -- George Eliot
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The words of genius have a wider meaning than the thought that prompted them. -- George Eliot
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I think I shall trusten till I die. -- George Eliot
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Delicious Autumn! -- George Eliot
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My childhood was full of deep sorrows - colic, whooping-cough, dread of ghosts, hell, Satan, and a Deity in the sky who was angry when I ate too much plumcake. -- George Eliot
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I should be glad to see a good change in anybody, Mr. Godfrey.' she answered, with the slightest discernible difference of tone, 'but it 'ud be better if no change was wanted. -- George Eliot
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So I am content to tell my simple story, without trying to make things seem better than they were; dreading nothing, indeed, but falsity, which, in spite of one's best efforts, there is reason to dread. -- George Eliot
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It belongs to every large nature, when it is not under the immediate power of some strong unquestioning emotion, to suspect itself, and doubt the truth of its own impressions, conscious of possibilities beyond its own horizon. -- George Eliot
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The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth. -- George Eliot
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There is one order of beauty which seems made to turn heads. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle. -- George Eliot
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But a good wife - a good unworldly woman - may really help a man, and keep him more independent. -- George Eliot
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Mr. Bates was sober, with that manly, British, churchman-like sobriety which can carry a few glasses of grog without any perceptible clarification of ideas. -- George Eliot
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The kindness fell on him as sunshine falls on the wretched - he had no heart to taste it, and felt that it was very far off him. -- George Eliot
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For there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it. -- George Eliot
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There are two ways of speaking an audience will always like: one is, to tell them what they don't understand; and the other is, to tell them what they're used to. -- George Eliot
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I think I am quite wicked with roses. I like to gather them, and smell them till they have no scent left. -- George Eliot
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It's no use filling your pocket with money if you have got a hole in the corner. -- George Eliot
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We reap what we sow, but nature has love over and above that justice, and gives us shadow and blossom and fruit, that spring from no planting of ours. -- George Eliot
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Scepticism, as we know, can never be thoroughly applied, else life would come to a standstill -- George Eliot
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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
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He has got no good red blood in his body," said Sir James.
"No. Somebody put a drop under a magnifying-glass and it was all semicolons and parentheses," said Mrs. Cadwallader. -- George Eliot
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Somebody put a drop under a magnifying-glass and it was all semicolons and parentheses. -- George Eliot
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As the child's mind was growing into knowledge, his mind was growing into memory: as her life unfolded, his soul, long stupefied in a cold, narrow prison, was unfolding too, and trembling gradually into full consciousness. -- George Eliot
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When one sees a perfect woman, one never thinks of her attributes
one is conscious of her presence. -- George Eliot
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the wisest of us must be beguiled in this way sometimes, and must think both better and worse of people than they deserve. Nature -- George Eliot
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What if my words Were meant for deeds. -- George Eliot
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I daresay some would never get their eyes opened if it were not for a violent shock from the consequences of their own actions -- George Eliot
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Hans: [Y]ou can't conceive what a great fellow I'm going to be. The seed of immortality has sprouted within me.
Deronda: Only a fungoid growth, I daresay - a crowing disease in the lungs. -- George Eliot
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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
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Shall we, because we walk on our hind feet, assume to ourselves only the privilege of imperishability? -- George Eliot
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Fine art, poetry, that kind of thing, elevates a nation ... -- George Eliot
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Instead of getting a soft fence against the cold, shadowy, unapplausive audience of his life, had he only given it a more substantial presence? -- George Eliot
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The circumstances would always be stronger than his assertion. And -- George Eliot
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But oppositions have the illimitable range of objections at command, which need never stop short at the boundary of knowledge, but can draw forever on the vasts of ignorance. -- George Eliot
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Giants have an immemorial right to stupidity and insolent abuse. -- George Eliot
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Dodo!" exclaimed Celia, looking after her in surprise. "I never heard you make such a comparison before." "Why should I make it before the occasion came? It is a good comparison: the match is perfect. -- George Eliot
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I went into science a great deal myself at one time; but I saw it would not do. It leads to everything; you can let nothing alone. -- George Eliot
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I never had any preference for her, any more than I have a preference for breathing. -- George Eliot
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Before such calm external beauty the presence of a vague fear is more distinctly felt - like a raven flapping its slow wing across the sunny air. -- George Eliot
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Every man who is not a monster, a mathematician, or a mad philosopher, is the slave of some woman or other. -- George Eliot
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What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle? -- George Eliot
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I think what we call the dullness of things is a disease in ourselves. Else how could anyone find an intense interest in life? And many do. -- George Eliot
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We can never give up longing and wishing while we are throughly alive -- George Eliot
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Having made his clerical toilet with due care in the morning, he was prepared only for those amenities of life which were suited to the well-adjusted stiff cravat of the period, and to a mind weighted with unpublished matter. -- George Eliot
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If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends? -- George Eliot
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It is offensive to tell a lady when she is expressing her amazement at your skill, that she is altogether mistaken and rather foolish in her amazement. -- George Eliot
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Instead of wondering at this result of misery in Mr. Casaubon, I think it quite ordinary. 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. And -- George Eliot
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Her own misery filled her heart - there was no room in it for other people's sorrow. -- George Eliot
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Do we not wile away moments of inanity or fatigued waiting by repeating some trivial movement or sound, until the repetition has bred a want, which is incipient habit? -- George Eliot
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Still, I repeat, there was a general impression that Lydgate was something rather more uncommon than any general practitioner in Middlemarch. And -- George Eliot
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What should I do - how should I act now, this very day ... What she would resolve to do that day did not yet seem quite clear, but something that she could achieve stirred her as with an approaching murmur which would soon gather distinctness. -- George Eliot
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Humphrey finds everybody charming I never can get him to abuse Casaubon. He will even speak well of the bishop, though I tell him it is unnatural in a beneficed clergyman; what can one do with a husband who attends so little to the decencies? I hide it as well as I can by abusing everybody myself. -- George Eliot
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Adam went to bed comforted, having woven for himself an ingenious web of probabilities - the surest screen a wise man can place between himself and the truth. His -- George Eliot
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Mankind is not disposed to look narrowly into the conduct of great victors when their victory is on the right side. -- George Eliot
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I cannot imagine myself without some opinion, but I wish to have good reasons for them. -- George Eliot
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Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow. -- George Eliot
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Indefinite visions of ambition are weak against the ease of doing what is habitual or beguilingly agreeable. -- George Eliot
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Consequences are unpitying. -- George Eliot
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Nature has her language, and she is not unveracious; but we don't know all the intricacies of her syntax just yet, and in a hasty reading we may happen to extract the very opposite of her real meaning. -- George Eliot
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Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand. -- George Eliot
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What right have such men to represent Christianity - as if it were an institution for getting up idiots genteelly? -- George Eliot
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One must be poor to know the luxury of giving. -- George Eliot
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It is hard to believe long together that anything is "worth while," unless there is some eye to kindle in common with our own, some brief word uttered now and then to imply that what is infinitely precious to us is precious alike to another mind. -- George Eliot
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In our instinctive rebellion against pain, we are children again, and demand an active will to wreak our vengeance on. -- George Eliot
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more needful that my heart should swell with loving admiration at some trait of gentle goodness in the faulty people who sit at the same hearth with me, or -- George Eliot
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People who live at a distance are naturally less faulty than those immediately under our own eyes ... -- George Eliot
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Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. -- George Eliot
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We look at the one little woman's face we love, as we look at the face of our mother earth, and see all sorts of answers to our own yearnings. -- George Eliot
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Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike. -- George Eliot
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Loquacity with tongue or pen is its own reward
or, punishment. -- George Eliot
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It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. -- George Eliot
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Those who have been indulged by fortune and have always thought of calamity as what happens to others, feel a blinding credulous rage at the reversal of their lot and half believe that their wild cries will alter the course of the storm. -- George Eliot
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The business of life shuts us up within the environs of London and within sight of human advancement, which I should be so very glad to believe in without seeing. -- George Eliot
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I shall do everything it becomes me to do. -- George Eliot
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I know the way o' wives; they set one on to abuse their husbands, and then they turn round on one and praise 'em as if they wanted to sell 'em. -- George Eliot
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And all we've got to do is to trusten, Master Marner - to do the right thing as fur as we know and to trusten. For if us as knows so little can see a bit o' good and rights, we may be sure as there's a good and a rights bigger not what we can know - I feel it i' my own inside as it must be so. -- George Eliot
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Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking -- George Eliot
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And we must learn to accommodate ourselves to the discovery that some of those cunningly-fashioned instruments called human souls have only a very limited range of music, and will not vibrate in the least under a touch that fills others with tremulous rapture or quivering agony. -- George Eliot
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Looking at the mother, you might hope that the daughter would become like her, which is a prospective advantage equal to a dowry - the mother too often standing behind the daughter like a malignant prophecy - Such as I am, she will shortly be. -- George Eliot
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Enough. In many of our neighbors' lives there is much not only of error and lapse, but of a certain exquisite goodness which can never be written or even spoken - only divined by each of us, according to the inward instruction of our own privacy. The -- George Eliot
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But, for the point of wisdom, I would choose / To know the mind that stirs between the wings / Of bees ... -- George Eliot
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The true seeing is within; and painting stares at you with an insistent imperfection. -- George Eliot
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I don't feel sure about doing good in any way now; everything seems like going on a mission to a people whose language I don't know. -- George Eliot
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When one's outward lot is perfect, the sense of inward imperfection is the more pressing. -- George Eliot
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When what is good comes of age, and is likely to live, there is reason for rejoicing. -- George Eliot
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A bit o' bread's what I like from one year's end to the other; but men's stomachs are made so comical, they want a change
they do, I know, God help 'em. -- George Eliot
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Half the sorrows of women would be averted if they could repress the speech they know to be useless-nay, the speech they have resolved not to utter. -- George Eliot
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Don't let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck. Can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves? -- George Eliot
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As to his religious notions - why, as Voltaire said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic. -- George Eliot
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My dear Mrs Casaubon," said Farebrother, smiling gently at her ardour, "character is not cut in marble - it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do."
"Then it may be rescued and healed," said Dorothea. -- George Eliot
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On the verge of a decision we all tremble: hope pauses with fluttering wings. -- George Eliot
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Say "I love you" to those you love. The eternal silence is long enough to be silent in, and that awaits us all. -- George Eliot
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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
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I am open to conviction on all points except dinner and debts. I hold that the one must be eaten and the other paid. -- George Eliot
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If a man has a capacity for great thoughts, he is likely to overtake them before he is decrepit. -- George Eliot
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What you do wrong once, you can alter the next time. -- George Eliot
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A man's a man. But when you see a king, you see the work of many thousand men. -- George Eliot
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A woman's rank
Lies in the fulness of her womanhood:
Therein alone she is royal. -- George Eliot
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But we all know the wag's definition of a philanthropist: a man whose charity increases directly as the square of the distance. -- George Eliot
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Tom's contemptuous conception of a girl included the attribute of being unfit to walk in dirty places. -- George Eliot
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Every lady ought to be a perfect horsewoman, that she may accompany her husband." "You see how widely we differ, Sir James. I have made up my mind that I ought not to be a perfect horsewoman, and so I should never correspond to your pattern of a lady. -- George Eliot
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Nature has the deep cunning which hides itself under the appearance of openness, so that simple people think they can see through her quite well, and all the while she is secretly preparing a refutation of their confident prophecies. -- George Eliot
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It was one of those dangerous moments when speech is at once sincere and deceptive - when feeling, rising high above its average depth, leaves flood-marks which are never reached again. -- George Eliot
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It must be sad to outlive aught we love. -- George Eliot
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When a workman knows the use of his tools, he can make a door as well as a window. -- George Eliot
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the devil will be having his finger in what we call our duties as well as our sins. Mayhap -- George Eliot
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It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent - like a carrier pigeon. -- George Eliot
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Hopes have precarious life.
They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off
In vigorous growth and turned to rottenness. -- George Eliot
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And she rarely forgot that while her grammar and accent were above the town standard, she wore a plain cap, cooked the family dinner, and darned all the stockings. -- George Eliot
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Music sweeps by me as a messenger - Carrying a message that is not for me -- George Eliot
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Human longings are perversely obstinate; and to the man whose mouth is watering for a peach, it is of no use to offer the largest vegetable marrow. -- George Eliot
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Even in 1831 Lowick was at peace, not more agitated by Reform than by the solemn tenor of the Sunday sermon. The -- George Eliot
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Dorothea was not only his wife: she was a personification of that shallow world which surrounds the appreciated or desponding author. -- George Eliot
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One way of getting an idea of our fellow-countrymen's miseries is to go and look at their pleasures. -- George Eliot
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By George Eliot Let thy chief terror be of thine own soul: There, 'mid the throng of hurrying desires That trample on the dead to seize their spoil, Lurks vengeance, footless, irresistible As exhalations laden with slow death, And o'er the fairest troop of captured joys Breathes pallid pestilence. -- George Eliot
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Veracity is a plant of paradise, and the seeds have never flourished beyond the walls. -- George Eliot
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The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another. -- George Eliot
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Duty has a trick of behaving unexpectedly
something like a heavy friend whom we have amiably asked to visit us, and who breaks his leg within our gates. -- George Eliot
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To many among us neither heaven nor earth has any revelation till some personality touches theirs with a particular influence, subduing them into receptiveness. -- George Eliot
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The bow always strung ... will not do. -- George Eliot
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It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings.
It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks -- George Eliot
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One's own faults are always a heavy chain to drag through life and one can't help groaning under the weight now and then. -- George Eliot
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There are new eras in one's life that are equivalent to youth-are something better than youth. -- George Eliot
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Perhaps nothing ud be a lesson to us if it didn't come too late. It's well we should feel as life's a reckoning we can't make twice over; there's no real making amends in this world, any more nor you can mend a wrong subtraction by doing your addition right. -- George Eliot
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Jews are not fit for Heaven, but on earth they are most useful. -- George Eliot
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The troublesome ones in a family are usually either the wits or the idiots. -- George Eliot
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He was gradually discovering the delight there is in frank kindness and companionship between a man and a woman who have no passion to hide or confess. -- George Eliot
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Any one observing him would have seen a change in his complexion, in the adjustment of his facial muscles, in the vividness of his glance, which might have made them imagine that every molecule in his body had passed the message of a magic touch. And so it had. -- George Eliot
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There's good chances and bad chances, and nobody's luck is pulled only by one string. -- George Eliot
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A man falling into dark waters seeks a momentary footing even on sliding stones. -- George Eliot
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The calendar hath not an evil day
For souls made one by love, and even death
Were sweetness, if it came like rolling waves
While they two clasped each other, and foresaw
No life apart. -- George Eliot
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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
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It is a sad weakness in us, after all, that the thought of a man's death hallows him anew to us; as if life were not sacred too. -- George Eliot
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"Heaven help us," said the old religion; the new one, from its very lack of that faith, will teach us all the more to help one another. -- George Eliot
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Subtract from the New Testament the miraculous and highly impossible, and what will be the remainder? -- George Eliot
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It's no trifle at her time at her time of life to part with a doctor who knows her constitution. -- George Eliot
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We are most of us brought up in the notion that the highest motive for not doing a wrong is something irrespective of the beings who would suffer the wrong. -- George Eliot
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If I could only fancy myself clever, it would be better, but to be a failure of Nature and to know it is not a comfortable lot. It is the last lesson one learns, to be contented with one's inferiority
but it must be learned. -- George Eliot
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Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. -- George Eliot
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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
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Tis what i love determines how i love -- George Eliot
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He rich ate and drank freely, accepting gout and apoplexy as things that ran mysteriously in respectable families ... -- George Eliot
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Vague memories hang about the mind like cobwebs. -- George Eliot
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Our sense of duty must often wait for some work which shall take the place of dilettanteism [sic] and make us feel that the quality of our action is not a matter of indifference. -- George Eliot
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My life is too short, and God's work is too great for me to think of making a home for myself in this world. -- George Eliot
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What could two men, so different from each other, see in this "brown patch", as Mary called hereself? It was certainly not her plainness that attracted them (and let all plain young ladies be warned against the dangerous encouragement given them by Society to confinde in their want of beauty) -- George Eliot
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I desire no future that will break the ties of the past. -- George Eliot
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What is the use of being exquisite if you are not seen by the best judges? -- George Eliot
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When we are dead : it is the living only who cannot be forgiven the living only from whom men's indulgence and reverence are held off, like the rain by the hard east wind . -- George Eliot
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Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult. Even with no motive to be false, it is very hard to say the exact truth. -- George Eliot
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He loved also to think, "I did it!" And I believe the only people who are free from that weakness are those who have no work to call their own. -- George Eliot
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Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. -- George Eliot
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Oh, child, men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness ... -- George Eliot
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But if she can marry blood, beauty, and bravery - the sooner the better. -- George Eliot
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No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference. -- George Eliot
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Attempts at description are stupid. Who can all at once describe a human being? Even when he is presented to us we only begin that knowledge of his appearance which must be completed by innumerable impressions under differing circumstances. -- George Eliot
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It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness such as goes along with being a great man, by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves. -- George Eliot
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Honest folks, born and bred in a visible manner, were mostly not overwise or clever _ at least, not beyond such a matter as knowing the signs of the weather; and the process by which rapidity and dexterity of any kind were acquired was so wholly hidden, that they partook of the nature of conjuring. -- George Eliot
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There are answers which, in turning away wrath, only send it to the other end of the room, and to have a discussion coolly waived when you feel that justice is all on your own side is even more exasperating in marriage than in philosophy. -- George Eliot
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The mind that is too ready at contempt and reprobation is, I may say, as a clenched fist that can give blows, but is shut up from receiving and holding ought that is precious. -- George Eliot
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A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions. -- George Eliot
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When we are treated well, we naturally begin to think that we are not altogether unmeritorious, and that it is only just we should treat ourselves well, and not mar our own good fortune. -- George Eliot
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The little light he possessed spread its beams so narrowly, that frustrated belief was a curtain broad enough to create for him the blackness of night. -- George Eliot
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I would rather not be engaged. When people are engaged, they begin to think of being married soon, and I should like everything to go on for a long while just as it is. -- George Eliot
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When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity. -- George Eliot
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When death, the great Reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity. -- George Eliot
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What quarrel, what harshness, what unbelief in each other can subsist in the presence of a great calamity, when all the artificial vesture of our life is gone, and we are all one with each other in primitive mortal needs? -- George Eliot
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In young, childish, ignorant souls there is constantly this blind trust in some unshapen chance: it is as hard to a boy or girl to believe that a great wretchedness will actually befall them as to believe that they will die. -- George Eliot
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That is the bitterest of all,
to wear the yoke of our own wrong-doing. -- George Eliot
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Here and there is born a Saint Theresa, foundress of nothing, whose loving heart-beats and sobs after an unattained goodness tremble off and are dispersed among hindrances, instead of centring in some long-recognizable deed. -- George Eliot
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when the people have made up their mind as they are making it up now, they don't want a man - they only want a vote. -- George Eliot
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I am not quite sure whether clever men ever dance. -- George Eliot
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We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment. -- George Eliot
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Blows are sarcasms turned stupid. -- George Eliot
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She says, he is a great soul. - A great bladder for dried peas to rattle in! said Mrs. Cadwallader. -- George Eliot
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The vainest woman is never thoroughly conscious of her beauty till she is loved by the man who sets her own passion vibrating in return. -- George Eliot
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Having made this rather lofty comparison I am less uneasy in calling attention to the existence of low people by whose interference, however little we may like it, the course of the world is very much determined. It -- George Eliot
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Men outlive their love, but they don't outlive the consequences of their recklessness. -- George Eliot
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My books don't seem to belong to me after I have once written them; and I find myself delivering opinions about them as if I had nothing to do with them. -- George Eliot
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A husband would not let you have your plans. -- George Eliot
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A man deep-wounded may feel too much pain To feel much anger. -- George Eliot
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How oft review; each finding, like a friend, Something to blame, and something to commend. -- George Eliot
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A deistical prater, fit to sit in the chimney-corner of a pot-house, and make blasphemous comments on the one greasy newspaper fingered by beer-swilling tinkers. -- George Eliot
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That quiet mutual gaze of a trusting husband and wife is like the first moment of rest or refuge from a great weariness or a great danger - not to be interfered with by speech or action which would distract the sensations from the fresh enjoyment of repose. -- George Eliot
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Notions and scruples were like spilt needles, making one afraid of treading, or sitting down, or even eating. -- George Eliot
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Human experience is usually paradoxical, if that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy. -- George Eliot
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People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors. -- George Eliot
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Saints and martyrs had never interested Maggie so much as sages and poets. -- George Eliot