George Eliot

1819 - 1880

A Quote by George Eliot on progress

Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on heart, jealousy, and satisfaction

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Mill on the Floss, bk. 6, ch. 10, 1860.

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A Quote by George Eliot on jealousy, needs, and passion

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 21 (1871-72).

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A Quote by George Eliot on death, feeling, heart, lies, silence, stupidity, and vision

If we had a keen vision and feeling it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of the roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 20, 1872.

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A Quote by George Eliot on kiss

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Kisses honeyed by oblivion.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Spanish Gypsy, bk. 3, 1868.

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A Quote by George Eliot on merit

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Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 4, ch. 40, 1871.

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A Quote by George Eliot on ideas, rest, and trouble

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 47 (1866), said of Harold Transome.

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A Quote by George Eliot on books, home, imagination, time, and travel

Our instructed vagrancy, which has hardly time to linger by the hedgerows, but runs away early to the tropics, and is at home with palms and banyans - which is nourished on books of travel, and stretches the theatre of its imagination to the Zambesi.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: The Mill on the Floss, bk. 3, ch. 9, 1860.

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A Quote by George Eliot on evil and ignorance

Ignorance. . . is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Mr. Gilfil’s Love-Story,1st printed Blackwood's Magazine,1857, repr. in Scenes of Clerical Life,1858

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A Quote by George Eliot on anger, cruelty, direction, and kindness

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 59 (1876).

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