George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on patience

It is easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on inventions, lies, solitude, soul, time, wilderness, wisdom, and path

There is no short-cut no patent tram-road, to wisdom. After all the centuries of invention, the soul's path lies through the thorny wilderness which must still be trodden in solitude, with bleeding feet, with sobs for help, as it was trodden by them of old time.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on blindness, facts, and life

One couldn't carry on life comfortably without a little blindness to the fact that everything has been said better than we can put it ourselves.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on wives

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That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mrs. Poyser, in Adam Bede, bk. 6, ch. 53, 1859.

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A Quote by George Eliot on dependence, good, life, rest, and world

. . . for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The last line of Middlemarch, bk. 8, "Finale," 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot on distrust and loneliness

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 5, ch. 44, 1872.

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A Quote by George Eliot on memory, silence, and soul

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined . . . to strengthen each other . . . to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on indifference, love, tenderness, and vanity

Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 1, ch. 10, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on giving and luxury

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 17 (1871-72).

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A Quote by George Eliot on genius, imagination, slavery, and suffering

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1874-76).

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