George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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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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 feeling, friendship, good, and nonsense

Rosamond has questioned Mary about her feelings for Mr. Lydgate. Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mary, to Rosamond, in Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 12 (1871).

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A Quote by George Eliot on existence and pain

There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, the Radical, Introduction, 1866.

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A Quote by George Eliot on certainty, needs, play, and path

Of what use, however, is a general certainty that an insect will not walk with his head hindmost, when what you need to know is the play of inward stimulus that sends him hither and thither in a network of possible paths?

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 3, ch. 25 (1876).

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A Quote by George Eliot on death, repentance, and tenderness

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on duty, fulfillment, power, and reward

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mordecai, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 6, ch. 46 (1874-76), quoting a Hebrew sage.

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