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quote by George Eliot: The vainest woman is never thoroughly conscious of her beauty till she is loved by the man who sets her own passion vibrating in return. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The vainest woman is never thoroughly conscious of her beauty till she is loved by the man who sets her own passion vibrating in return.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The sublime delight of truthful speech to one who has the great gift of uttering it, will make itself felt even through the pangs of sorrow. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The sublime delight of truthful speech to one who has the great gift of uttering it, will make itself felt even through the pangs of sorrow.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Imagination is a licensed trespasser: it has no fear of dogs, but may climb over walls and peep in at windows with impunity. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Imagination is a licensed trespasser: it has no fear of dogs, but may climb over walls and peep in at windows with impunity.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: Love has a way of cheating itself consciously, like a child who plays at solitary hide-and-seek; it is pleased with assurances that it all the while disbelieves. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Love has a way of cheating itself consciously, like a child who plays at solitary hide-and-seek; it is pleased with assurances that it all the while disbelieves.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: One has to spend many years in learning how to be happy. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

One has to spend many years in learning how to be happy.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: If you like to swallow him, for his sister's sake, you may; but I've no sauce that will make him go down. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

If you like to swallow him, for his sister's sake, you may; but I've no sauce that will make him go down.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: There is so much to read and the days are so short! I get more hungry for knowledge every day, and less able to satisfy my hunger. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

There is so much to read and the days are so short! I get more hungry for knowledge every day, and less able to satisfy my hunger.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Joy and sorrow are both my perpetual companions, but the joy is called Past and the sorrow Present. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Joy and sorrow are both my perpetual companions, but the joy is called Past and the sorrow Present.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: As leopard feels at home with leopard. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

As leopard feels at home with leopard.

--George Eliot


quote by George Eliot: Surely there was something taught her by this experience of great need; and she must be learning a secret of human tenderness and long-suffering, that the less erring could hardly know? with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Surely there was something taught her by this experience of great need; and she must be learning a secret of human tenderness and long-suffering, that the less erring could hardly know?

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: No anguish I have had to bear on your account has been too heavy a price to pay for the new life into which I have entered in loving you. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

No anguish I have had to bear on your account has been too heavy a price to pay for the new life into which I have entered in loving you.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: The beauty of a lovely woman is like music. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The beauty of a lovely woman is like music.

--George Eliot

Longer Version:

The beauty of a lovely woman is like music ... the rounded neck, the dimpled arm, move us by something more than their prettiness -- by their close kinship with all we have known of tenderness and peace.



quote by George Eliot: Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration? with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Genius consisting neither in self-conceit nor in humilty, but in a power to making or do, not anything in general, but something in particular. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Genius consisting neither in self-conceit nor in humilty, but in a power to making or do, not anything in general, but something in particular.

--George Eliot


quote by George Eliot: Souls have complexions too: what will suit one will not suit another. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Souls have complexions too: what will suit one will not suit another.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: You are a good young man, she said. But I do not like husbands. I will never have another. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

You are a good young man, she said. But I do not like husbands. I will never have another.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: For pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

For pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinnertime. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinnertime.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: After all, the true seeing is within. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

After all, the true seeing is within.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Character is not cut in marble -- it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Character is not cut in marble -- it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The nature o' things doesn't change, though it seems as if one's own life was nothing but change. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The nature o' things doesn't change, though it seems as if one's own life was nothing but change.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Oh may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Oh may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Unhappily the habit of being offensive 'without meaning it' leads usually to a way of making amends which the injured person cannot but regard as a being amiable without meaning it. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Unhappily the habit of being offensive 'without meaning it' leads usually to a way of making amends which the injured person cannot but regard as a being amiable without meaning it.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: It so often happens that others are measuring us by our past self while we are looking back on that self with a mixture of disgust and sorrow. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It so often happens that others are measuring us by our past self while we are looking back on that self with a mixture of disgust and sorrow.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The idea of duty -- that recognition of something to be lived for beyond the mere satisfaction of self -- is to the moral life what the addition of a great central ganglion is to animal life. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The idea of duty -- that recognition of something to be lived for beyond the mere satisfaction of self -- is to the moral life what the addition of a great central ganglion is to animal life.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: He had no ideal world of dead heroes; he knew little of the life of men in the past; he must find the beings to whom he could cling with loving admiration among those who came within speech of him. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

He had no ideal world of dead heroes; he knew little of the life of men in the past; he must find the beings to whom he could cling with loving admiration among those who came within speech of him.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The first sense of mutual love excludes other feelings; it will have the soul all to itself. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The first sense of mutual love excludes other feelings; it will have the soul all to itself.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right.

--George Eliot

Longer Version:

Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what you think is right and stick to it.


quote by George Eliot: The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Well, well, my boy, if good luck knocks at your door, don't you put your head out at window and tell it to be gone about its business, that's all. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Well, well, my boy, if good luck knocks at your door, don't you put your head out at window and tell it to be gone about its business, that's all.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: Of new acquaintances one can never be sure because one likes them one day that it will be so the next. Of old friends one is sure that it will be the same yesterday, today, and forever. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Of new acquaintances one can never be sure because one likes them one day that it will be so the next. Of old friends one is sure that it will be the same yesterday, today, and forever.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Conscience is harder than our enemies,
Knows more, accuses with more nicety. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Conscience is harder than our enemies,
Knows more, accuses with more nicety.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I cherish my childish loves -- the memory of that warm little nest where my affections were fledged. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I cherish my childish loves -- the memory of that warm little nest where my affections were fledged.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Our sense of duty must often wait for some work which shall take the place of dilettanteism sic and make us feel that the quality of our action is not a matter of indifference. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Our sense of duty must often wait for some work which shall take the place of dilettanteism sic and make us feel that the quality of our action is not a matter of indifference.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: A human being in this aged nation of ours is a very wonderful hole, the slow creation of long interchanging influences; and charm is a result of two such wholes, the one loving and the one loved. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

A human being in this aged nation of ours is a very wonderful hole, the slow creation of long interchanging influences; and charm is a result of two such wholes, the one loving and the one loved.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Whatever be thy fate today, Remember, this will pass away! with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Whatever be thy fate today, Remember, this will pass away!

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Some people are born to make life pretty, and others to grumble that it is not pretty enough. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Some people are born to make life pretty, and others to grumble that it is not pretty enough.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: How lovely the little river is, with its dark changing wavelets! It seems to me like a living companion while I wander along the bank, and listen to its low, placid voice. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

How lovely the little river is, with its dark changing wavelets! It seems to me like a living companion while I wander along the bank, and listen to its low, placid voice.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it? with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: News is often dispersed as thoughtlessly and effectively as that pollen which the bees carry off (having no idea how powdery they are) when they are buzzing in search of their particular nectar. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

News is often dispersed as thoughtlessly and effectively as that pollen which the bees carry off (having no idea how powdery they are) when they are buzzing in search of their particular nectar.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: If you are not proud of your cellar, there is no thrill of satisfaction in seeing your guest hold up his wineglass to the light and look judicial. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

If you are not proud of your cellar, there is no thrill of satisfaction in seeing your guest hold up his wineglass to the light and look judicial.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: It is because sympathy is but a living again through our own past in a new form, that confession often prompts a response of confession. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is because sympathy is but a living again through our own past in a new form, that confession often prompts a response of confession.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: It is better sometimes not to follow great reformers of abuses beyond the threshold of their homes. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is better sometimes not to follow great reformers of abuses beyond the threshold of their homes.

--George Eliot


quote by George Eliot: The worst service, I fancy, that anyone can do for truth, is to set silly people writing on its behalf. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The worst service, I fancy, that anyone can do for truth, is to set silly people writing on its behalf.

--George Eliot




quote by George Eliot: Love supreme defies all sophistry. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Love supreme defies all sophistry.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: I would not creep along the coast but steer Out in mid-sea, by guidance of the stars. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I would not creep along the coast but steer Out in mid-sea, by guidance of the stars.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: In our spring-time every day has its hidden growths in the mind, as it has in the earth when the little folded blades are getting ready to pierce the ground. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

In our spring-time every day has its hidden growths in the mind, as it has in the earth when the little folded blades are getting ready to pierce the ground.

--George Eliot


quote by George Eliot: God, immortality, duty -- how inconceivable the first, how unbelievable the second, how peremptory and absolute the third. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

God, immortality, duty -- how inconceivable the first, how unbelievable the second, how peremptory and absolute the third.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Life is so complicated a game that the devices of skill are liable to be defeated at every turn by air-blown chances, incalculable as the descent of thistle-down. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Life is so complicated a game that the devices of skill are liable to be defeated at every turn by air-blown chances, incalculable as the descent of thistle-down.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The best part of a woman's love is worship; but it is hard to her to be sent away with her precious spikenard rejected, and her long tresses, too, that were let fall, ready to soothe the wearied feet. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The best part of a woman's love is worship; but it is hard to her to be sent away with her precious spikenard rejected, and her long tresses, too, that were let fall, ready to soothe the wearied feet.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: It's well known there's always two sides, if no more. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It's well known there's always two sides, if no more.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: When one is five-and-twenty, one has not chalk-stones at one's finger-ends that the touch of a handsome girl should be entirely indifferent. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

When one is five-and-twenty, one has not chalk-stones at one's finger-ends that the touch of a handsome girl should be entirely indifferent.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Ingenious philosophers tell you, perhaps, that the great work of the steam-engine is to create leisure for mankind. Do not believe them; it only creates a vacuum for eager thought to rush in. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Ingenious philosophers tell you, perhaps, that the great work of the steam-engine is to create leisure for mankind. Do not believe them; it only creates a vacuum for eager thought to rush in.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: To most mortals there is a stupidity which is unendurable and a stupidity which is altogether acceptable -- else, indeed, what would become of social bonds? with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

To most mortals there is a stupidity which is unendurable and a stupidity which is altogether acceptable -- else, indeed, what would become of social bonds?

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Of a truth, Knowledge is power, but it is a power reined by scruple, having a conscience of what must be and what may be. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Of a truth, Knowledge is power, but it is a power reined by scruple, having a conscience of what must be and what may be.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Leisure is gone, -- gone where the spinning-wheels are gone, and the pack-horses, and the slow wagons, and the peddlers, who brought bargains to the door on sunny afternoons. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Leisure is gone, -- gone where the spinning-wheels are gone, and the pack-horses, and the slow wagons, and the peddlers, who brought bargains to the door on sunny afternoons.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I only thought of myself, and I made you grieve. It hurts me now to think of your grief. You must not grieve anymore for me. It is better_it shall be better with me because I have known you. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I only thought of myself, and I made you grieve. It hurts me now to think of your grief. You must not grieve anymore for me. It is better_it shall be better with me because I have known you.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Those old stories of visions and dreams guiding men have their truth; we are saved by making the future present to ourselves. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Those old stories of visions and dreams guiding men have their truth; we are saved by making the future present to ourselves.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: We get a deal o' useless things about us, only because we've got the money to spend. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

We get a deal o' useless things about us, only because we've got the money to spend.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: My childhood was full of deep sorrows -- colic, whooping-cough, dread of ghosts, hell, Satan, and a Deity in the sky who was angry when I ate too much plumcake. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

My childhood was full of deep sorrows -- colic, whooping-cough, dread of ghosts, hell, Satan, and a Deity in the sky who was angry when I ate too much plumcake.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Better spend an extra hundred or two on your son's education, than leave it him in your will. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Better spend an extra hundred or two on your son's education, than leave it him in your will.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I love words; they are the quoits, the bows, the staves that furnish the gymnasium of the mind. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I love words; they are the quoits, the bows, the staves that furnish the gymnasium of the mind.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: We are poor plants buoyed up by the air-vessels of our own conceit: alas for us, if we get a few pinches that empty us of that windy self-subsistence. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

We are poor plants buoyed up by the air-vessels of our own conceit: alas for us, if we get a few pinches that empty us of that windy self-subsistence.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: To the receptive soul the river of life pauseth not, nor is diminished. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

To the receptive soul the river of life pauseth not, nor is diminished.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: There is a lightness about the feminine mind -- a touch and go -- music, the fine arts, that kind of thing -- they should study those up to a certain point, women should; but in a light way, you know. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

There is a lightness about the feminine mind -- a touch and go -- music, the fine arts, that kind of thing -- they should study those up to a certain point, women should; but in a light way, you know.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: The fact is, both callers and work thicken -- the former sadly interfering with the latter. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The fact is, both callers and work thicken -- the former sadly interfering with the latter.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: It is pleasant to have a kind word now and then when one is not near enough to have a kind glance or a hearty shake by the hand. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is pleasant to have a kind word now and then when one is not near enough to have a kind glance or a hearty shake by the hand.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Love is frightened at the intervals of insensibility and callousness that encroach by little and little on the domain of grief, and it makes efforts to recall the keenness of the first anguish. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Love is frightened at the intervals of insensibility and callousness that encroach by little and little on the domain of grief, and it makes efforts to recall the keenness of the first anguish.

--George Eliot

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