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.
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.
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.
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