George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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 strength and women

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 (1819 - 1880)

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

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A Quote by George Eliot on foolishness, god, men, and women

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish: God Almighty made 'em to match the men.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Adam Bede

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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 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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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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