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George Eliot Quotes: "We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born."

We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born.




George Eliot Quotes: "More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us."

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.



George Eliot Quotes: "Duty has a trick of behaving unexpectedly -- something like a heavy friend whom we have amiably asked to visit us, and who breaks his leg within our gates."

Duty has a trick of behaving unexpectedly -- something like a heavy friend whom we have amiably asked to visit us, and who breaks his leg within our gates.



George Eliot Quotes: "Let even an affectionate Goliath get himself tied to a small tender thing, dreading to hurt it by pulling, and dreading still more to snap the cord, and which of the two, pray, will be master?"

Let even an affectionate Goliath get himself tied to a small tender thing, dreading to hurt it by pulling, and dreading still more to snap the cord, and which of the two, pray, will be master?




George Eliot Quotes: "Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections."

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.



George Eliot Quotes: "Those bitter sorrows of childhood!-- when sorrow is all new and strange, when hope has not yet got wings to fly beyond the days and weeks, and the space from summer to summer seems measureless."

Those bitter sorrows of childhood!-- when sorrow is all new and strange, when hope has not yet got wings to fly beyond the days and weeks, and the space from summer to summer seems measureless.



George Eliot Quotes: "When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity."

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.




George Eliot Quotes: "If art does not enlarge men's sympathies, it does nothing morally."

If art does not enlarge men's sympathies, it does nothing morally.



George Eliot Quotes: "When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity."

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.



George Eliot Quotes: "In every parting there is an image of death."

In every parting there is an image of death.



George Eliot Quotes: "The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best."

The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.



George Eliot Quotes: "Wear a smile and have friends wear a scowl and have wrinkles."

Wear a smile and have friends wear a scowl and have wrinkles.




George Eliot Quotes: "Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness."

Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness.



George Eliot Quotes: "Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity."

Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity.



George Eliot Quotes: "It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them."

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.



George Eliot Quotes: "If we had lost our own chief good, other people’s good would remain, and that is worth trying for."

If we had lost our own chief good, other people’s good would remain, and that is worth trying for.



George Eliot Quotes: "I would rather not be engaged. When people are engaged, they begin to think of being married soon, and I should like everything to go on for a long while just as it is."

I would rather not be engaged. When people are engaged, they begin to think of being married soon, and I should like everything to go on for a long while just as it is.



George Eliot Quotes: "Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music."

Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.



George Eliot Quotes: "For what is love itself, for the one we love best? - an enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love."

For what is love itself, for the one we love best? - an enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.



George Eliot Quotes: "Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down."

Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.



George Eliot Quotes: "what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an ‘appointment’) which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?"

what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an ‘appointment’) which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?



George Eliot Quotes: "Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions they pass no criticisms."

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions they pass no criticisms.



George Eliot Quotes: "what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope."

what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.



George Eliot Quotes: "Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions pass no criticisms."

Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions pass no criticisms.



George Eliot Quotes: "Music sweeps by me as a messenger carrying a message that is not for me."

Music sweeps by me as a messenger carrying a message that is not for me.



George Eliot Quotes: "It's but little good you'll go a-water-ing the last year's crop."

It's but little good you'll go a-water-ing the last year's crop.



George Eliot 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 Quotes: "I shall never forget you. I have never forgotten anyone whom I once knew. My life has never been crowded, and seems not likely to be so."

I shall never forget you. I have never forgotten anyone whom I once knew. My life has never been crowded, and seems not likely to be so.



George Eliot Quotes: "On the other hand, she was disproportionately indulgent towards the failings of men, and was often heard to say that these were natural."

On the other hand, she was disproportionately indulgent towards the failings of men, and was often heard to say that these were natural.



George Eliot Quotes: "What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?"

What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?



George Eliot Quotes: "One must be poor to know the luxury of giving."

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.



George Eliot Quotes: "It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view."

It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.



George Eliot 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 Quotes: "I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved."

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.



George Eliot Quotes: "Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure."

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.



George Eliot Quotes: "Blessed influence of one truly loving soul on another!"

Blessed influence of one truly loving soul on another!



George Eliot Quotes: "What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor!"

What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor!



George Eliot Quotes: "Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure."

Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.



George Eliot Quotes: "But I hasten to finish my story. Brevity is justified at once to those who readily understand, and to those who will never understand."

But I hasten to finish my story. Brevity is justified at once to those who readily understand, and to those who will never understand.



George Eliot Quotes: "There is nothing will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself."

There is nothing will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.



George Eliot Quotes: "The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.



George Eliot Quotes: "Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are."

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.



George Eliot Quotes: "It would be narrowness to suppose that an artist can only care for the impressions of those who know the methods of his art as well as feel its effects. Art works for all whom it can touch."

It would be narrowness to suppose that an artist can only care for the impressions of those who know the methods of his art as well as feel its effects. Art works for all whom it can touch.



George Eliot Quotes: "To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul."

To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.



George Eliot Quotes: "All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other."

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.



George Eliot Quotes: "A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards."

A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.



George Eliot 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 Quotes: "Truth has rough flavors if we bite it through."

Truth has rough flavors if we bite it through.



George Eliot 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.