I'm not one o' those as can see the cat i' the dairy, an' wonder what she's come after.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
Source: Adam Bede
Contributed by: Zaady
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 3, ch. 27 (1871), of Rosamund and Lydgate.
Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
Source: The Mill on the Floss, bk. 6, ch. 10, 1860.
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.
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 21 (1871-72).
Ignorance. . . is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
Source: Mr. Gilfil’s Love-Story,1st printed Blackwood's Magazine,1857, repr. in Scenes of Clerical Life,1858
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.
Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 59 (1876).
For what we call illusions are often, in truth, a wider vision of past and present realities - a willing movement of a man's soul with the larger sweep of the world's forces - a movement towards a more assured end than the chances of a single life.
Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 16, 1866.
Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.
Source: Middlemarch, bk. 4, ch. 40, 1871.
Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 47 (1866), said of Harold Transome.
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