George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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 people

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We want people to feel with us more than to act for us.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: George Eliot's Life as Related in Her Letters & Journals, 1884

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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 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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