George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on happiness, heart, and women

A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1876), on society's expectations of women.

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A Quote by George Eliot on hope and women

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A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt

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A Quote by George Eliot on cowardice, defeat, losing, and winning

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mr. Dempster, in Janet's Repentance, ch. 8, 1857.

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A Quote by George Eliot on affection, children, justice, sacrifice, and suffering

Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice. Our thoughts are often worse than we are, just as they are often better.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on good

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It's but little good you'll do awatering the last year's crop.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Adam Bede.

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A Quote by George Eliot on certainty and deed

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on people

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We want people to feel with us more than to act for us.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters & Journals, 1884

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A Quote by George Eliot on beginning, books, listening, and love

Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to voices within. . . .

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 15, 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot on difficulty and life

What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on feeling, people, and understanding

A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Janet's Repentance, ch. 8, in Blackwood's Magazine (1857; repr. in Scenes of Clerical Life, 1858).

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