The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 5, ch. 53, 1871.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 7, 1871.
There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
This is a puzzling world, and Old Harry's got a finger in it.
Source: Mr. Tulliver, in The Mill on the Floss, bk. 3, ch. 9 (1860). "Old Harry" was the Devil.
It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.
Those who trust us educate us.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
Source: The Rector, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 58 (1876).
The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
Source: Felix Holt, the Radical, ch. 13, 1866.
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