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George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing."

You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing.




George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "A woman may get to love by degrees—the best fire does not flare up the soonest."

A woman may get to love by degrees—the best fire does not flare up the soonest.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "Her own misery filled her heart—there was no room in it for other people's sorrow."

Her own misery filled her heart—there was no room in it for other people's sorrow.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception."

In so complex a thing as human nature, we must consider, it is hard to find rules without exception.




George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "She handled it (her trade) with all the grace that belongs to mastery."

She handled it (her trade) with all the grace that belongs to mastery.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "Aye, aye, that's the way wi' thee: thee allays makes a peck o' thy own words out o' a pint o' the Bible's"

Aye, aye, that's the way wi' thee: thee allays makes a peck o' thy own words out o' a pint o' the Bible's



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "In our instinctive rebellion against pain, we are children again, and demand an active will to wreak our vengeance on."

In our instinctive rebellion against pain, we are children again, and demand an active will to wreak our vengeance on.




George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "Her little butterfly soul fluttered incessantly between memory and dubious expectation."

Her little butterfly soul fluttered incessantly between memory and dubious expectation.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "Mr. Craig was not above talking politics occasionally, though he piqued himself rather on a wise insight than on specific information."

Mr. Craig was not above talking politics occasionally, though he piqued himself rather on a wise insight than on specific information.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "College mostly makes people like bladders—just good for nothing but t’ hold the stuff as is poured into ‘em."

College mostly makes people like bladders—just good for nothing but t’ hold the stuff as is poured into ‘em.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "My life is too short, and God’s work is too great for me to think of making a home for myself in this world."

My life is too short, and God’s work is too great for me to think of making a home for myself in this world.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "The secret of our emotions never lies in the bare object, but in its subtle relations to our own past."

The secret of our emotions never lies in the bare object, but in its subtle relations to our own past.




George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "It is the favourite stratagem of our passions to sham a retreat, and to turn sharp round upon us at the moment we have made up our minds that the day is our own."

It is the favourite stratagem of our passions to sham a retreat, and to turn sharp round upon us at the moment we have made up our minds that the day is our own.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self."

What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth."

It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "A pretty building I'm making, without either bricks or timber. I'm up i' the garret a'ready, and haven't so much as dug the foundation."

A pretty building I'm making, without either bricks or timber. I'm up i' the garret a'ready, and haven't so much as dug the foundation.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "It's easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient."

It's easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "Timid people always reek their peevishness on the gentle."

Timid people always reek their peevishness on the gentle.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "He sat watching what went forward with the quiet outward glance of healthy old age."

He sat watching what went forward with the quiet outward glance of healthy old age.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "The select natures who pant after the ideal, and find nothing in pantaloons or petticoats great enough to command their reverence and love, are curiously in unison with the narrowest and pettiest."

The select natures who pant after the ideal, and find nothing in pantaloons or petticoats great enough to command their reverence and love, are curiously in unison with the narrowest and pettiest.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "Bodily haste and exertion usually leave our thoughts very much at the mercy of our feelings and imagination."

Bodily haste and exertion usually leave our thoughts very much at the mercy of our feelings and imagination.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "She hates everything that is not what she longs for."

She hates everything that is not what she longs for.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "We are overhasty to speak as if God did not manifest himself by our silent feeling, and make his love felt through ours."

We are overhasty to speak as if God did not manifest himself by our silent feeling, and make his love felt through ours.



George Eliot, Adam Bede Quotes: "She had forgotten his faults as we forgetthe sorrows of our departed childhood."

She had forgotten his faults as we forgetthe sorrows of our departed childhood.