George Eliot

1819 - 1880

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 cats and wonder

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

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A Quote by George Eliot on embarrassment, existence, and feeling

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.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 3, ch. 27 (1871), of Rosamund and Lydgate.

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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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A Quote by George Eliot on chance, force, illusions, life, past, soul, present, truth, vision, and world

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.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 16, 1866.

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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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