George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on belief, satisfaction, sincerity, and theory

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.

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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

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on success and world

The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Rector, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 58 (1876).

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A Quote by George Eliot on beginning and life

The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, the Radical, ch. 13, 1866.

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A Quote by George Eliot on anger, babies, beauty, beginning, intelligence, justice, men, mind, order, and women

There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles. . . but there is one order of beauty which seems made to turn the heads not only of men, but of all intelligent mammals, even of women. 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 and to engage in conscious mischief - a beauty with which you can never be angry, but that you feel ready to crush for inability to comprehend the state of mind into which it throws you.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on communication, people, reflection, and sympathy

Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on world

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This is a puzzling world, and Old Harry's got a finger in it.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mr. Tulliver, in The Mill on the Floss, bk. 3, ch. 9 (1860). "Old Harry" was the Devil.

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