George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on desires, future, and past

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on discipline and genius

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Aleister, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 3, ch. 23, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on action, choice, divinity, god, memory, principles, and sons

The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mordecai, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 6, ch. 42, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on god, men, and skill

'Tis God gives skill, But not without men's hands: He could not make Antonio Stradivari's violins Without Antonio.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Poems: Stradivarius

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A Quote by George Eliot on good

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Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Silas Marner, 1861

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A Quote by George Eliot on motives and women

expectations of women Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk.7, ch.51 (1876).

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A Quote by George Eliot on ability, experience, maxims, practicality, and quotations

In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 15 (1874 --76), of the Rector (Gwendolen Harleth's uncle).

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A Quote by George Eliot on failure, good, and perseverance

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Letter, 11 September 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot on appreciation, careers, purpose, and starting

He was at a starting point which makes many a man's career a fine subject for betting, if there were any gentlemen given to that amusement who could appreciate the complicated probabilities of an arduous purpose. . . .

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 15 (1871), said of Lydgate, the new doctor in town.

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A Quote by George Eliot on despair, hope, sorrow, and suffering

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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