George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on lies, responsibility, tolerance, and vision

The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on books

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Wise books For half the truths they hold are honored tombs.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Poems: The Spanish Gypsy

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A Quote by George Eliot on facts, ignorance, mind, pain, and rules

In the schoolroom her quick mind had taken readily that strong starch of unexplained rules and disconnected facts which saves ignorance from any painful sense of limpness.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Romola, 1863.

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A Quote by George Eliot on certainty

I at least have so much to do in unraveling certain human lots, and seeing how they were woven and interwoven, that all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web. . . .

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 15, 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot

A maggot must be born i' the rotten cheese to like it.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Adam Bede

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A Quote by George Eliot on laughter and wisdom

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Romola, bk. 1, ch. 12, 1863.

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A Quote by George Eliot on jokes

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A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda

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A Quote by George Eliot on cruelty, generosity, good, heaven, love, music, purity, soul, strength, and world

May I reach That purest heaven - be to other souls The cup of strength in some great agony; Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love, Beget the smiles that have no cruelty. Be the sweet presence of a good diffused, And in the diffusion ever more intense! So shall I join the choir invisible Whose music is the gladness of the world.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on desires, effort, evil, and love

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 57, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on cities, desires, existence, future, hope, imagination, love, and men

But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire; the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 4, ch. 42 (1871).

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