George Eliot

Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 - 22 December 1880) was an English novelist and poet, more well-known by her pen name George Eliot, she also for a time used Mary Anne and Marian as variant spellings of her name.
Found 102 thoughts of George Eliot

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

George Eliot

There are many victories worse than a defeat.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

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

Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us; there have been many circulations of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.

George Eliot

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.

George Eliot

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.

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

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

George Eliot

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.

George Eliot

Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.

George Eliot

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.

George Eliot

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.

George Eliot

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.

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

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.

George Eliot

Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.

George Eliot

The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Be courteous, be obliging, but don't give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot
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