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George Eliot Quote: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

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

— George Eliot



George Eliot Quote: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “History repeats itself.”

History repeats itself.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?”

What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”

A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Go forward with joyful confidence.”

Go forward with joyful confidence.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “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.”

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



George Eliot Quote: “It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.”

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “No man can be wise on an empty stomach.”

No man can be wise on an empty stomach.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “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.”

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


George Eliot Quote: “Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.”

Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”

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

— George Eliot


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

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

— George Eliot



George Eliot Quote: “A fool or idiot is one who expects things to happen that never can happen.”

A fool or idiot is one who expects things to happen that never can happen.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning; but give me the man who has the pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing.”

Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning; but give me the man who has the pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing.

— George Eliot


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

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”

We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right.”

Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “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.”

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.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Hear Everything and judge for yourself.”

Hear Everything and judge for yourself.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “What novelty is worth the sweet monotony where everything is known, and loved because it is known?”

What novelty is worth the sweet monotony where everything is known, and loved because it is known?

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “The law and medicine should be very serious professions to undertake, should they not? People’s lives and fortunes depend on them.”

The law and medicine should be very serious professions to undertake, should they not? People’s lives and fortunes depend on them.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.”

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts – not to hurt others.”

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


George Eliot Quote: “It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings. It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks.”

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


George Eliot Quote: “The beauty of a lovely woman is like music.”

The beauty of a lovely woman is like music.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.”

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “It is as useless to fight against the interpretations of ignorance as to whip the fog.”

It is as useless to fight against the interpretations of ignorance as to whip the fog.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.”

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.

— George Eliot


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

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “A woman’s hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.”

A woman’s hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Those who trust us educate us.”

Those who trust us educate us.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.”

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.

— George Eliot


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

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”

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

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “So our lives glide on: the river ends we don’t know where, and the sea begins, and then there is no more jumping ashore.”

So our lives glide on: the river ends we don’t know where, and the sea begins, and then there is no more jumping ashore.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Receptiveness is a rare and massive power, like fortitude.”

Receptiveness is a rare and massive power, like fortitude.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Affection is the broadest basis of a good life.”

Affection is the broadest basis of a good life.

— George Eliot


George Eliot Quote: “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.”

Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.

— George Eliot

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