For character too is a process and an unfolding. . . among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful. . . .
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 15, 1871.
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Children demand that their heroes should be fleckless, and easily believe them so . . .
Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 16, 1876.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
Source: Mr. Gilfil’s Love-Story
He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
Source: Adam Bede, 1859
It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the "dear deceit" of beauty.
Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from anything which he may lawfully claim.
Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
Source: Adam Bede
It's them as take advantage that get advantage i' this world.
Source: Mrs. Poyser, in Adam Bede, bk. 4, ch. 32 (1859).
What a wretched lot of old shriveled creatures we shall be by-and-by. Never mind - the uglier we get in the eyes of others, the lovelier we shall be to each other; that has always been my firm faith about friendship.
Source: Letter, 27 May 1852.
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