George Eliot Quotes In English

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George Eliot Quotes In English

Hello, Welcome in Inspirational quotes by George Eliot on life, love, marriage and other things. Our team gives you some quotes about George Eliot. She was born on 22 November 1819, Nuneaton, United Kingdom. Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She died in 22 December 1880, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom.

  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

  • “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”

  • “O may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence; live In pulses stirred to generosity, In deeds of daring rectitude…”

  • “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”

  • “But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

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  • “Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”

  • “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.”

  • “It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.”

  • “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.”

  • “We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.”

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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.”

  • “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.”

  • “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”

  • “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”

  • “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”

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  • “Poor fellow! I think he is in love with you.’ I am not aware of it. And to me it is one of the most odious things in a girl’s life, that there must always be some supposition of falling in love coming between her and any man who is kind to her… I have no ground for the nonsensical vanity of fancying everybody who comes near me is in love with me.”

  • “Selfish— a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their own power of sacrifice.”

  • “Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”

  • “No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. ”

  • “And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.”

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  • “Keep true. Never be ashamed of doing right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it.”

  • “But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.”

  • “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”

  • “One can begin so many things with a new person! – even begin to be a better man.”

  • “It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.”

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  • “People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.”

  • “I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.”

  • “To be a poet is to have a soul so quick to discern, that no shade of quality escapes it, and so quick to feel, that discernment is but a hand playing with finely-ordered variety on the chords of emotion–a soul in which knowledge passes instantaneously into feeling, and feeling flashes back as a new organ of knowledge.”

  • “Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”

  • “Don’t judge a book by its cover”

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  • “Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence.”

  • “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”

  • “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.”

  • “What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”

  • “One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.”

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  • “Our deeds still travel with us from afar/And what we have been makes us what we are.”

  • “What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self.”

  • “That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind; and perhaps our frames could hardly bear much of it. 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. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.”

  • “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.”

  • “Those who trust us educate us.”

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  • “..for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

  • “I desire no future that will break the ties of the past.”

  • “Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.”

  • “Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.”

  • “For what is love itself, for the one we love best? – an enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.”

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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.”

  • “The troublesome ones in a family are usually either the wits or the idiots.”

  • “For pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion.”

  • “Hurt, he’ll never be hurt–he’s made to hurt other people.”

  • “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.”

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  • “It is an uneasy lot at best, to be what we call highly taught and yet not to enjoy: to be present at this great spectacle of life and never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self—never to be fully possessed by the glory we behold, never to have our consciousness rapturously transformed into the vividness of a thought, the ardor of a passion, the energy of an action, but always to be scholarly and uninspired, ambitious and timid, scrupulous and dim-sighted.”

  • “Blameless people are always the most exasperating.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “It is a common sentence that knowledge is power; but who hath duly considered or set forth the power of ignorance? Knowledge slowly builds up what ignorance in an hour pulls down.”

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  • “A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions.”

  • “Those bitter sorrows of childhood!– when sorrow is all new and strange, when hope has not yet got wings to fly beyond the days and weeks, and the space from summer to summer seems measureless.”

  • “After all, the true seeing is within.”

  • “There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.”

  • “Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.”

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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.”

  • “For we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them.”

  • “When a man has seen the woman whom he would have chosen if he had intended to marry speedily, his remaining a bachelor will usually depend on her resolution rather than on his.”

  • “Her future, she thought, was likely to be worse than her past, for after her years of contented renunciation, she had slipped back into desire and longing; she found joyless days of distasteful occupation harder and harder; she found the image of the intense and varied life she yearned for, and despaired of, becoming more and more importunate.”

  • “I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.”

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  • “I think I dislike what I don’t like more than I like what I like.”

  • “It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.”

  • “The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.”

  • “Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts—not to hurt others.”

  • “Let my body dwell in poverty, and my hands be as the hands of the toiler; but let my soul be as a temple of remembrance where the treasures of knowledge enter and the inner sanctuary is hope.”

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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. ”

  • “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.”

  • “She thought it was part of the hardship of her life that there was laid upon her the burthen of larger wants than others seemed to feel – that she had to endure this wide hopeless yearning for that something, whatever it was, that was greatest and best on this earth.”

  • “Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult….Examine your words well, and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is a very hard thing to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings — much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.”

  • “The terror of being judged sharpens the memory: it sends an inevitable glare over that long-unvisited past which has been habitually recalled only in general phrases. Even without memory, the life is bound into one by a zone of dependence in growth and decay; but intense memory forces a man to own his blameworthy past. With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man’s past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is not a repented error shaken loose from the life: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame.”

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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.”

  • “Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.”

  • “No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.”

  • “When death, the great Reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.”

  • “People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.”

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  • “Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.”

  • “If you deliver an opinion at all, it is mere stupidity not to do it with an air of conviction and well-founded knowledge. You make it your own in uttering it, and naturally get fond of it.”

  • “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.”

  • “Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.”

  • “Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness.”

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  • “Saints and martyrs had never interested Maggie so much as sages and poets.”

  • “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.”

  • “The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.”

  • “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.”

  • “I protest against any absolute conclusion.”

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  • “I flutter all ways, and fly in none.”

  • “Since you think it my duty, Mr. Farebrother, I will tell you that I have too strong a feeling for Fred to give him up for any one else. I should never be quite happy if I thought he was unhappy for the loss of me. It has taken such deep root in me—my gratitude to him for always loving me best, and minding so much if I hurt myself, from the time when we were very little. I cannot imagine any new feeling coming to make that weaker.”

  • “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.”

  • “Few things hold the perception more thoroughly captive than anxiety about what we have got to say”

  • “Can anything be more disgusting than to hear people called ‘educated’ making small jokes about eating ham, and showing themselves empty of any real knowledge as to the relation of their own social and religious life to the history of the people they think themselves witty in insulting? […] The best thing that can be said of it is, that it is a sign of the intellectual narrowness—in plain English, the stupidity which is still the average mark of our culture.”

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  • “A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.”

  • “She was no longer struggling against the perception of facts, but adjusting herself to their clearest perception.”

  • “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.”

  • “If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?”

  • “In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little child’s.”

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  • “The most solid comfort one can fall back upon is the thought that the business of one’s life is to help in some small way to reduce the sum of ignorance, degradation and misery on the face of this beautiful earth.”

  • “Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand.”

  • “Perfect love has a breath of poetry which can exalt the relations of the least-instructed human beings.”

  • “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.”

  • “A man falling into dark waters seeks a momentary footing even on sliding stones.”

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