Quotes by George Eliot

George Eliot

George Eliot

English writer and poet

Lived from: 1819 - 1880

Category: Writers (Contemporary) Country: FlagUnited Kingdom

Born: 22 november 1819 Died: 22 december 1880

  • That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.

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  • It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one's own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care.
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  • Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
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  • Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
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  • Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
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  • I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
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  • In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
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  • It is in these acts called trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted, until men and women look round with haggard faces at the devastation their own waste has made, and say, the earth bears no harvest of sweetness - calling their denial knowledge.
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  • More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
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  • The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistorical acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
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  • There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
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  • Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
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  • What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
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  • 'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.
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  • A difference in taste of jokes is a great strain on the affections.
    Source: Daniel Deronda (1876)
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  • A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
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  • A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
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  • A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
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  • A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
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  • A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt.
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  • All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
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