George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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 certainty and deed

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on confidence, people, and self-confidence

Self-confidence is apt to address itself to an imaginary dullness in others; as people who are well off speak in a cajoling tone to the poor.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1876).

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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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