George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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 perspective

Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance!

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 2, ch. 14, 1876.

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A Quote by George Eliot on helpful, pity, simplicity, and wisdom

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Mill on the Floss, bk. 7, ch. 1, 1860.

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A Quote by George Eliot on beauty

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Plainness has its peculiar temptations quite as much as beauty.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on doubt, imagination, posterity, poverty, and world

The poverty of our imagination is no measure of say the world's resources. Our posterity will no doubt get fuel in ways that we are unable to devise for them.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on belief, change, character, charity, generosity, judgment, nature, nobility, and wishes

The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 8, ch. 76, 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot on errors and prophets

Prophecy is the most gratuitous form of error.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch

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A Quote by George Eliot on proverbs

Solomon's Proverbs, I think, have omitted to say, that as the sore palate findeth grit, so an uneasy consciousness heareth innuendos.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 3, ch. 31 (1871).

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