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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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.
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 5, ch. 53, 1871.
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.
Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.
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).
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