George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on words

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

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Spanish Gypsy, bk. 3, 1868.

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A Quote by George Eliot on age, fear, life, reason, women, worth, and youth

Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Letter, 31 Dec 1857 (published in George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals, 1900

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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 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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A Quote by George Eliot on good

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It's but little good you'll do awatering the last year's crop.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Adam Bede.

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A Quote by George Eliot on limitations

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

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 14, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on people

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People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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