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George Eliot Quotes


189 George Eliot quotes:



"She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts."
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Children demand that their heroes should be freckleless, 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."
"The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history"
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: History Quotes
"Formerly, his heart had been as a locked casket with its treasure inside; but now the casket was empty, and the lock was broken. Left groping in darkness, with his prop utterly gone, Silas had inevitably a sense, though a dull and half-despairing one, that if any help came to him it must come from without; and there was a slight stirring of expectation at the sight of his fellow-men, a faint consciousness of dependence on their goodwill."
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Heart Quotes
"Habit is the beneficent harness of routine which enables silly men to live respectfully and unhappy men to live calmly"
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"Errors look so very ugly in persons of small means --one feels they are taking quite a liberty in going astray; whereas people of fortune may naturally indulge in a few delinquencies."
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Mistakes Quotes
"That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow."
"The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision"
"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."
"Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike."
"I'm not denying the women are foolish: God almighty made 'em to match the men"
"Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?"
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Forgiveness Quotes
"Friendships begin with liking or gratitude roots that can be pulled up."
"I at least have so much to do in unraveling certain human lots, and seeing how they were woven and interwoven, that all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web, and not dispersed over that tempting range of relevancies called the universe."
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes
"Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down"
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Ignorance Quotes
"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."
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Past Quotes
"Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance!"
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Perspective Quotes
"It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable."
"There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder; robberies that leave man or woman for ever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer --committed to no sound except that of low moans in the night, seen in no writing except that made on the face by the slow months of suppressed anguish and early morning tears. Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life has been breathed into no human ear."
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Pain Quotes
"There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder; robberies that leave man or woman for ever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer /committed to no sound except that of low moans in the night, seen in no writing except that made on the face by the slow months of suppressed anguish and early morning tears. Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life has been breathed into no human ear."
Author: Eliot Quotes Category: Pain Quotes



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