George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on hatred

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There are some cases . . . in which the sense of injury breeds - not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but - a hatred of all injury.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 16 (1876).

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A Quote by George Eliot on caring, feeling, happiness, rest, and world

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness such as goes along with being a great man, by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on acquaintance, beginning, and ignorance

The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 11, epigraph (1874-76).

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A Quote by George Eliot on judgment

To judge wisely, we must know how things appear to the unwise.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on exercise, life, power, and women

Women should be protected from anyone's exercise of unrighteous power . . . but then, so should every other living creature.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on absence, fear, and quality

. . . said of the pitfalls of scrutinizing oneself too closely: It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, "Know thyself," and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mr. Lyon, the independent minister, in Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 5 (1866)

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A Quote by George Eliot on failure, fear, proof, and purpose

I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on feeling and security

To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 7, 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot on faults

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There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on babies, beauty, beginning, justice, and order

There is one order of beauty which seems made to turn heads. . . . It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle. . . .

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Adam Bede, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1859), describing the beauty of Hetty Sorrel.

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