George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on beginning, books, listening, and love

Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to voices within. . . .

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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

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A Quote by George Eliot on difficulty and life

What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on feeling, people, and understanding

A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Janet's Repentance, ch. 8, in Blackwood's Magazine (1857; repr. in Scenes of Clerical Life, 1858).

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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 nature and spirituality

The sense of an entailed disadvantage - the deformed foot doubtfully hidden by the shoe, makes a restlessly active spiritual yeast, and easily turns a self-centered, unloving nature into an Ishmaelite.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 16, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on privilege

If you please to take the privilege o' sitting down.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Mill on the Floss

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A Quote by George Eliot on difficulty, friendship, and world

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on habits, life, love, motives, needs, partnership, soul, and women

A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 48, 1866.

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