George Eliot Quotes

- Notable George Eliot Quotes Index -

Born: November 22, 1819, Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: London, England, UK, December 22, 1880
Occupation: Author

1.
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
- George Eliot

2.
A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.
- George Eliot

3.
All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
- George Eliot

4.
An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
- George Eliot

5.
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

6.
Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
- George Eliot

7.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot

8.
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
- George Eliot

9.
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
- George Eliot

10.
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
- George Eliot

11.
Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
- George Eliot

12.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
- George Eliot

13.
Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
- George Eliot

14.
Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
- George Eliot

15.
Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
- George Eliot

16.
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

17.
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
- George Eliot

18.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
- George Eliot

19.
I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
- George Eliot

20.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot

21.
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

22.
I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
- George Eliot

23.
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
- George Eliot

24.
In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.
- George Eliot

25.
In every parting there is an image of death.
- George Eliot

26.
In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
- George Eliot

27.
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
- George Eliot

28.
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
- George Eliot

29.
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

30.
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
- George Eliot

31.
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
- George Eliot

32.
Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
- George Eliot

33.
Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
- George Eliot

34.
Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.
- George Eliot

35.
Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
- George Eliot

36.
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
- George Eliot

37.
No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
- George Eliot

38.
No story is the same to us after a lapse of time or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
- George Eliot

39.
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
- George Eliot

40.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
- George Eliot

41.
Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.
- George Eliot

42.
Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.
- George Eliot

43.
The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
- George Eliot

44.
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
- George Eliot

45.
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
- George Eliot

46.
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

47.
The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
- George Eliot

48.
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
- George Eliot

49.
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

50.
There are many victories worse than a defeat.
- George Eliot

51.
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

52.
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
- George Eliot

53.
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

54.
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
- George Eliot

55.
Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
- George Eliot

56.
We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
- George Eliot

57.
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

58.
Wear a smile and have friends wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
- George Eliot

59.
When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
- George Eliot

60.
When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
- George Eliot

61.
When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.
- George Eliot

62.
Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
- George Eliot

63.
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

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