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quote by George Eliot: There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts--not to hurt others. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts--not to hurt others.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The pride of the body is a barrier against the gifts that purify the soul. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The pride of the body is a barrier against the gifts that purify the soul.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: Happy husbands and wives can hear each other say the same thing over and over again without being tired. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Happy husbands and wives can hear each other say the same thing over and over again without being tired.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us; there have been many circulation of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us; there have been many circulation of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: It is always chilling, in friendly intercourse, to say you have no opinion to give. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is always chilling, in friendly intercourse, to say you have no opinion to give.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I like breakfast-time better than any other moment in the day. No dust has settled on one's mind then, and it presents a clear mirror to the rays of things. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I like breakfast-time better than any other moment in the day. No dust has settled on one's mind then, and it presents a clear mirror to the rays of things.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts? with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that, any more than the old church steeple minds the rooks cawing about it. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that, any more than the old church steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Effective magic is transcendent nature. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Effective magic is transcendent nature.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: Men and women are but children of a larger growth. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Men and women are but children of a larger growth.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness! with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Fate has carried me 'Mid the thick arrows: I will keep my stand Not shrink and let the shaft pass by my breast To pierce another. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Fate has carried me 'Mid the thick arrows: I will keep my stand Not shrink and let the shaft pass by my breast To pierce another.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The mind that is too ready at contempt and reprobation is, I may say, as a clenched fist that can give blows, but is shut up from receiving and holding ought that is precious. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The mind that is too ready at contempt and reprobation is, I may say, as a clenched fist that can give blows, but is shut up from receiving and holding ought that is precious.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Children demand that their heroes should be fleckless, and easily believe them so . with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Children demand that their heroes should be fleckless, and easily believe them so .

--George Eliot


quote by George Eliot: It is impossible, to me at least, to be poetical in cold weather. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is impossible, to me at least, to be poetical in cold weather.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: Hurt, he'll never be hurt -- he's made to hurt other people. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Hurt, he'll never be hurt -- he's made to hurt other people.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral.

--George Eliot

Longer Version:

Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. They have the same effect of grating incongruity as the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.


quote by George Eliot: Confound you handsome young fellows! You think of having it all your own way in the world. You don't understand women. They don't admire you half so much as you admire yourselves. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Confound you handsome young fellows! You think of having it all your own way in the world. You don't understand women. They don't admire you half so much as you admire yourselves.

--George Eliot


quote by George Eliot: Perhaps the wind Wails so in winter for the summers dead, And all sad sounds are nature's funeral cries For what has been and is not. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Perhaps the wind Wails so in winter for the summers dead, And all sad sounds are nature's funeral cries For what has been and is not.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Let my body dwell in poverty, and my hands be as the hands of the toiler; but let my soul be as a temple of remembrance where the treasures of knowledge enter and the inner sanctuary is hope. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Let my body dwell in poverty, and my hands be as the hands of the toiler; but let my soul be as a temple of remembrance where the treasures of knowledge enter and the inner sanctuary is hope.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The worst of misery
Is when a nature framed for noblest things
Condemns itself in youth to petty joys,
And, sore athirst for air, breathes scanty life
Gasping from out the shallows. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The worst of misery
Is when a nature framed for noblest things
Condemns itself in youth to petty joys,
And, sore athirst for air, breathes scanty life
Gasping from out the shallows.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: A fine lady is a squirrel-headed thing, with small airs and small notions; about as applicable to the business of life as a pair of tweezers to the clearing of a forest. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

A fine lady is a squirrel-headed thing, with small airs and small notions; about as applicable to the business of life as a pair of tweezers to the clearing of a forest.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: When one's outward lot is perfect, the sense of inward imperfection is the more pressing. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

When one's outward lot is perfect, the sense of inward imperfection is the more pressing.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: There are new eras in one's life that are equivalent to youth-are something better than youth. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

There are new eras in one's life that are equivalent to youth-are something better than youth.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I think I am quite wicked with roses. I like to gather them, and smell them till they have no scent left. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I think I am quite wicked with roses. I like to gather them, and smell them till they have no scent left.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: The stars are golden fruit upon a tree all out of reach. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The stars are golden fruit upon a tree all out of reach.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: It's a father's duty to give his sons a fine chance. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It's a father's duty to give his sons a fine chance.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: Eros has degenerated; he began by introducing order and harmony, and now he brings back chaos. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Eros has degenerated; he began by introducing order and harmony, and now he brings back chaos.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: But how little we know what would make paradise for our neighbours! We judge from our own desires, and our neighbours themselves are not always open enough even to throw out a hint of theirs. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

But how little we know what would make paradise for our neighbours! We judge from our own desires, and our neighbours themselves are not always open enough even to throw out a hint of theirs.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Primary (the LDS Church's Sunday school for children) is where you go to do with somebody else's mother the things you would do with your own mother if she weren't so busy teaching Primary. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Primary (the LDS Church's Sunday school for children) is where you go to do with somebody else's mother the things you would do with your own mother if she weren't so busy teaching Primary.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Hopes have precarious life.
They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off
In vigorous growth and turned to rottenness. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Hopes have precarious life.
They are oft blighted, withered, snapped sheer off
In vigorous growth and turned to rottenness.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Nothing at times is more expressive than silence. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Nothing at times is more expressive than silence.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: To the old, sorrow is sorrow; to the young, it is despair. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

To the old, sorrow is sorrow; to the young, it is despair.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: But with regard to critical occasions, it often happens that all moments seem comfortably remote until the last. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

But with regard to critical occasions, it often happens that all moments seem comfortably remote until the last.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it.

--George Eliot

quote by George Eliot: That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow.

--George Eliot


quote by George Eliot: We learn words by rote, but not their meaning; that must be paid for with our life-blood, and printed in the subtle fibres of our nerves. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

We learn words by rote, but not their meaning; that must be paid for with our life-blood, and printed in the subtle fibres of our nerves.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Is this not a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love -- that makes life and nature harmonize. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Is this not a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love -- that makes life and nature harmonize.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The darkest night that ever fell upon the earth never hid the light, never put out the stars. It only made the stars more keenly, kindly glancing, as if in protest against the darkness. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The darkest night that ever fell upon the earth never hid the light, never put out the stars. It only made the stars more keenly, kindly glancing, as if in protest against the darkness.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Our words have wings, but fly not where we would. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: 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. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

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

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.

--George Eliot
quote by George Eliot: I desire no future that will break the ties with the past. with background image: photo of author George Eliot with quote

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.

--George Eliot

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