No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
Contributed by: Zaady
'Character," says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms - character is destiny'.
Source: The Mill on the Floss
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.
An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
Source: Romola, ch. 50 (1863).
Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
Source: The Mill on the Floss, bk. 1, ch. 10, 1860.
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.
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