Ignorance. . . is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
Source: Mr. Gilfil’s Love-Story,1st printed Blackwood's Magazine,1857, repr. in Scenes of Clerical Life,1858
Contributed by: Zaady
Hatred is like fire; it makes even light rubbish deadly.
The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth.
Source: Felix Holt, the Radical
Hell is oneself; Hell is alone, the other figures in it merely projections. There is nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to. One is always alone.
Source: Edward, in The Cocktail Party, act 1, sc. 3.
What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.
Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1874-76).
Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.
He who rules must humor full as much as he commands.
It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us.
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 6, ch. 58 (1871).
Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
Source: Daniel Deronda, 1874
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