George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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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A Quote by George Eliot on cruelty, generosity, good, heaven, love, music, purity, soul, strength, and world

May I reach That purest heaven - be to other souls The cup of strength in some great agony; Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love, Beget the smiles that have no cruelty. Be the sweet presence of a good diffused, And in the diffusion ever more intense! So shall I join the choir invisible Whose music is the gladness of the world.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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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 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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