George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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 language, simplicity, and words

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on angels, life, and past

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they're gone.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on hatred and murder

There are glances of hatred that stab, and raise no cry of murder.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, the Radical, Introduction (1866).

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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 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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A Quote by George Eliot on idealism, opposites, and women

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Uncommon Scold, by Abby Adams, 1989.

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A Quote by George Eliot on desires

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The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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

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A Quote by George Eliot on diplomacy and virtue

To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 29, 1866.

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