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George Eliot Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational George Eliot Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

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It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

 

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them all out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then,
with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Eliot

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
- George Eliot

Those who trust us educate us.
- George Eliot


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All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch
at one end and an alphabet at the other.
- George Eliot

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot

Our deeds still travel with us from afar,
and what we have been makes us what we are.
- George Eliot

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
- George Eliot

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
- George Eliot

Animals are such agreeable friends -
they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
- George Eliot

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more
roses we must plant more trees.
- George Eliot

Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties
as ministers make up their cabinets,
on grounds other than personal liking.
- George Eliot

I should like to know what is the proper function of women,
if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home,
and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
- George Eliot

Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.
- George Eliot

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty;
but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty
would be an ignorant unkindness.
- George Eliot

Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that
which is the most painful course.
- George Eliot

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
- George Eliot

The happiest women, like the happiest nations,
have no history.
- George Eliot

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul;
unbelief,
in denying them.
- George Eliot

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

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
- George Eliot

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in
which there is much agreement,
much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
- George Eliot

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
- George Eliot

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of
an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
- George Eliot

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
- George Eliot

Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries.
- George Eliot

And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her,
half her strength must be concealment.
- George Eliot

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love,
and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
- George Eliot

Little children are still the symbol of the eternal
marriage between love and duty.
- George Eliot

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which
saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
- George Eliot

Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
- George Eliot

But human experience is usually paradoxical,
that means incongruous with the phrases of current
talk or even current philosophy.
- George Eliot

That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly;
he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
- George Eliot

There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
- George Eliot

A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling
which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
- George Eliot

You should read history and look at ostracism,
persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing.
They always happen to the best men, you know.
- George Eliot

The best augury of a man's success in his profession
is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
- George Eliot

There is only one failure in life possible,
and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
- George Eliot

But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment,
in which each feels that the other is feeling something,
having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
- George Eliot

The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome,
dubious eggs, called possibilities.
- George Eliot

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- George Eliot

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity
for receiving discipline.
- George Eliot

Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
- George Eliot

The important work of moving the world forward does
not wait to be done by perfect men.
- George Eliot

There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds
not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder,
but a hatred of all injury.
- George Eliot

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself;
it only requires opportunity.
- George Eliot

We must not sit still and look for miracles;
up and doing,
and the Lord will be with thee.
Prayer and pains, through faith in Christ Jesus,
will do anything.
- George Eliot

The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity;
rather,
the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
- George Eliot

Acting is nothing more or less than playing.
The idea is to humanize life.
- George Eliot

People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
- George Eliot

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and
prepare one's self to do without it.
- George Eliot

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing
while we are thoroughly alive.
There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good,
and we must hunger after them.
- George Eliot

The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
- George Eliot

Blessed is the influence of one true,
loving human soul on another.
- George Eliot

The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them.
The divine principle of our race is action,
choice, resolved memory.
- George Eliot

Consequences are unpitying.
- George Eliot

We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults.
Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
- George Eliot

It always remains true that if we had been greater,
circumstance would have been less strong against us.
- George Eliot

In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience
had petrified into maxims and quotations.
- George Eliot

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to
have a man's form of genius in you,
and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
- George Eliot

An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
- George Eliot

The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons
or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
- George Eliot

Hobbies are apt to run away with us,
you know; it doesn't do to be run away with.
We must keep the reins.
- George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls than
to feel that they are joined -
to strengthen each other -
to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
- George Eliot

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
- George Eliot

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
- George Eliot


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