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George Eliot Quotes


George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Ann Evans who was an English novelist and poet.
(1819 - 1880)

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"Ignorance," says Ajax, "is a painless evil." - So, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
 

"One soweth and another reapeth" is a verity that applies to evil as well as good.
 

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
 

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
 

A fool or idiot is one who expects things to happen that never can happen.
 

A peasant can no more help believing in a traditional superstition than a horse can help trembling when he sees a camel.
[Superstition]
 

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: to know that high initiation, she must often tread where it is hard to tread, and feel the chill air and watch through darkness.
[Love]
 

A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
 

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 recipe.
 

A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.
[Hope]
 

A woman's lot is made for her by the love she accepts.
 

Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from anything which he may lawfully claim.
[Abstinence]
 

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
 

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
 

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
 

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

Among all the many kinds of first love, that which begins in childish companionship is the strongest and most enduring; when passion comes to unite its force to long affection, love is at its spring-tide.
[Love]
 

An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
[Positive]
 

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
 

And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
 


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