Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
Source: Mary Garth, in Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 14 (1872).
Contributed by: Zaady
Debasing the moral currency
Source: Title of essay in Theophrastus Such
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
Mighty is the force of motherhood! It transforms all things by its vital heat.
A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
Source: Adam Bede, bk. 5, ch. 43, 1859.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
It will never rain roses; when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 1, ch. 6 (1876).
Men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness.
Source: Daniel Deronda
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