George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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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A Quote by George Eliot on kiss and love

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Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 21 (1871 --72).

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A Quote by George Eliot on discontent, love, satisfaction, and self-love

It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one's own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 1, ch. 2, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on men and mind

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To manage men, one ought to have a sharp mind in a velvet sheath.

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A Quote by George Eliot on abstinence, facts, and giving

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Impressions of Theophratus Such

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A Quote by George Eliot on delusion, silence, and speech

Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled egg; and when it takes to cackling will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, ch. 15, 1866.

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A Quote by George Eliot on defeat

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There are many victories worse than a defeat.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on vision

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Strange, that some of us, with quick alternate vision, see beyond our infatuations, and even while we rave on the heights, behold the wide plain where our persistent self pauses and awaits us.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 15 (1871-72).

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A Quote by George Eliot on evil and good

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One soweth and another reapeth is a verity that applies to evil as well as good.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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