George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on mistakes and wonder

Certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we're so fond of it.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 9, 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot on caring and love

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 (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 69, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on facts, force, imagination, lies, energy, and poetry

Here undoubtedly lies the chief poetic energy: - in the force of imagination that pierces or exalts the solid fact, instead of floating among cloud-pictures.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 4, ch. 33, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on age, circumstances, decisions, and satisfaction

How could a man be satisfied with a decision between such alternatives and under such circumstances No more than he can be satisfied with his hat, which he's chosen from among such shapes as the resources of the age offer him. . . .

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 18 (1871), of the Reverend Walter Tyke.

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A Quote by George Eliot on deed, determination, good, men, and world

In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 15 (1871–72).

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A Quote by George Eliot on courage, necessity, and work

Necessity does the work of courage.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Romola, 1863

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A Quote by George Eliot on happiness, heart, and women

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 receipt.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1876), on society's expectations of women.

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A Quote by George Eliot on hope and women

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

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt

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A Quote by George Eliot on cowardice, defeat, losing, and winning

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mr. Dempster, in Janet's Repentance, ch. 8, 1857.

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A Quote by George Eliot on affection, children, justice, sacrifice, and suffering

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 (1819 - 1880)

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