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George Eliot Quote: “I like trying to get pregnant. I’m not so sure about childbirth.”
George Eliot Quote: “Wine and the sun will make vinegar without any shouting to help them.”
George Eliot Quote: “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.”
George Eliot Quote: “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.”
George Eliot Quote: “Well, well, my boy, if good luck knocks at your door, don’t you put your head out at window and tell it to be gone about its business, that’s all.”
George Eliot Quote: “There is no compensation for the woman who feels that the chief relation of her life has been no more than a mistake. She has lost her crown. The deepest secret of human blessedness has half whispered itself to her, and then forever passed her by.”
George Eliot Quote: “That by desiring what is perfectly good, even when we don’t quite know what it is and cannot do what we would, we are part of the divine power against evil – widening the skirts of light and making the struggle with darkness narrower.”
George Eliot Quote: “Steady work turns genius to a loom.”
George Eliot Quote: “A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.”
George Eliot Quote: “What is your religion? I mean-not what you know about religion but the belief that helps you most?”
George Eliot Quote: “The commonest man, who has his ounce of sense and feeling, is conscious of the difference between a lovely, delicate woman and a coarse one. Even a dog feels a difference in her presence.”
George Eliot Quote: “I hold it a blasphemy to say that a man ought not to fight against authority: there is no great religion and no great freedom that has not done it, in the beginning.”
George Eliot Quote: “We read, indeed, that the walls of Jericho fell down before the sound of trumpets,39 but we nowhere hear that those trumpets were hoarse and feeble. Doubtless they were trumpets that gave forth clear ringing tones, and sent a mighty vibration through brick and mortar. But the oratory of the Rev. Amos resembled rather a Belgian railway-horn, which shows praiseworthy intentions inadequately fulfilled.”
George Eliot Quote: “There are robberies that leave man or woman forever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer.”
George Eliot Quote: “A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.”
George Eliot Quote: “The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth.”
George Eliot Quote: “Music sweeps by me as a messenger – Carrying a message that is not for me.”
George Eliot Quote: “Unwonted circumstances may make us all rather unlike ourselves: there are conditions under which the most majestic person is obliged to sneeze, and our emotions are liable to be acted on in the same incongruous manner.”
George Eliot Quote: “Her own misery filled her heart – there was no room in it for other people’s sorrow.”
George Eliot Quote: “Oh, child, men’s men: gentle or simple, they’re much of a muchness...”
George Eliot Quote: “I trust you as holy men trust God; you could do nought that was not pure and loving, though the deed might pierce me unto death.”
George Eliot Quote: “What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor!”
George Eliot Quote: “Our vanities differ as our noses do: all conceit is not the same conceit, but varies in correspondence with the minutiae of mental make in which one of us differs from another.”
George Eliot Quote: “Unhappily the habit of being offensive ‘without meaning it’ leads usually to a way of making amends which the injured person cannot but regard as a being amiable without meaning it.”
George Eliot Quote: “Every year strips us of at least one vain expectation, and teaches us to reckon some solid good in its stead.”
George Eliot Quote: “A man carries within him the germ of his most exceptional action; and if we wise people make eminent fools of ourselves on any particular occasion, we must endure the legitimate conclusion that we carry a few grains of folly to our ounce of wisdom.”
George Eliot Quote: “But certain winds will make men’s temper bad.”
George Eliot Quote: “There is hardly any mental misery worse than that of having our own serious phrases, our own rooted beliefs, caricatured by a charlatan or a hireling.”
George Eliot Quote: “A blush is no language; only a dubious flag – signal which may mean either of two contradictories.”
George Eliot Quote: “When a tender affection has been storing itself in us through many of our years, the idea that we could accept any exchange for it seems to be a cheapening of our lives.”
George Eliot Quote: “Religion, like all things, begins with self, And naught is known, until one knows himself.”
George Eliot Quote: “Better a false belief than no belief at all.”
George Eliot Quote: “Who can know how much of his most inward life is made up of the thoughts he believes other men to have about him, until that fabric of opinion is threatened with ruin?”
George Eliot Quote: “Surely it is not true blessedness to be free of sorrow while there is sorrow and sin in the world. Sorrow is a part of love and love does not seek to throw it off.”
George Eliot Quote: “Much of our waking experience is but a dream in the daylight.”
George Eliot Quote: “I am not resigned: I am not sure life is long enough to learn that lesson.”
George Eliot Quote: “Memory, when duly impregnated with ascertained facts, is sometimes surprisingly fertile.”
George Eliot Quote: “Until every good man is brave, we must expect to find many good women timid – too timid even to believe in the correctness of their own best promptings, when these would place them in a minority.”
George Eliot Quote: “A bachelor’s children are always young: they’re immortal children – always lisping, waddling, helpless, and with a chance of turning out good.”
George Eliot Quote: “A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman’s life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul’s highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.”
George Eliot Quote: “Enveloped in a common mist, we seem to walk in clearness ourselves, and behold only the mist that enshrouds others.”
George Eliot Quote: “But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire; the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.”
George Eliot Quote: “Death is the only physician, the shadow of his valley the only journeying that will cure us of age and the gathering fatigue of years.”
George Eliot Quote: “To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.”
George Eliot Quote: “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 Quote: “Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.”
George Eliot Quote: “Saints and martyrs had never interested Maggie so much as sages and poets.”
George Eliot Quote: “Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice. Our thoughts are often worse than we are, just as they are often better.”
George Eliot Quote: “There was no gleam, no shadow, for the heavens, too, were one still, pale cloud; no sound or motion in anything but the dark river that flowed and moaned like an unresting sorrow.”
George Eliot Quote: “It is necessary to me, not simply to be but to utter, and I require utterance of my friends.”
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