George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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 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 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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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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