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George Eliot

Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 - 22 December 1880) was an English novelist and poet, more well-known by her pen name George Eliot, she also for a time used Mary Anne and Marian as variant spellings of her name.
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The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.

George Eliot

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Be courteous, be obliging, but don't give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade.

George Eliot

It's never too late to be who you might have been.

George Eliot

Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.

George Eliot

Can any man or woman choose duties? No more that they can choose their birthplace, or their father or mother.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning. Even Science, the strict measurer, is obliged to start with a make-believe unit, and must fix on a point in the stars' unceasing journey when his sidereal clock shall pretend that time is Nought. His less accurate grandmother Poetry has always been understood to start in the middle; but on reflection it appears that her proceeding is not very different from his; since Science, too, reckons backward as well as forward, divides his unit into billions, and with his clock-finger at Nought really sets off _in medias res_. No retrospect will take us to the true beginning; and whether our prologue be in heaven or on earth, it is but a fraction of that all-presupposing fact with which our story sets out.

George Eliot

Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.

George Eliot

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness such as goes along with being a great man, by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves.

George Eliot

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.

George Eliot

We are all apt to believe what the world believes about us.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

One of the tortures of jealousy is that it can never turn its eyes away from the thing that pains it.

George Eliot

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Our deeds are like children that are born to us;they live and act apart from our own will.

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Excessive literary production is a social offense.

George Eliot

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.

George Eliot

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot

The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.

George Eliot
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