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.
Contributed by: Zaady
I'm not denyin' the women are foolish: God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
Source: Adam Bede
Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.
Source: The Spanish Gypsy, bk. 3, 1868.
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.
Source: Letter, 31 Dec 1857 (published in George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters and Journals, 1900
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.
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 9, 1871.
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.
Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 69, 1876.
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.
Source: Mr. Dempster, in Janet's Repentance, ch. 8, 1857.
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.
It's but little good you'll do awatering the last year's crop.
Source: Adam Bede.
When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.
Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 14, 1876.
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