Quotes of George Eliot

“ The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. ”

- George Eliot

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

- George Eliot

“ One must be poor to know the luxury of giving. ”

- George Eliot

“ Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities. ”

- George Eliot

“ One must be poor to know the luxury of giving. ”

- George Eliot

“ I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music. ”

- George Eliot

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

- 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

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

- George Eliot

“ It is never too late to be what you might have been. ”

- George Eliot

“ Adventure is not outside man; it is within. ”

- George Eliot

“ Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult. ”

- George Eliot

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

- George Eliot

“ It is never too late to be what you might have been. ”

- George Eliot

“ The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best. ”

- George Eliot

“ Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. ”

- George Eliot

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

- George Eliot

“ In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause. ”

- George Eliot

“ Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness. ”

- George Eliot

“ When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity. ”

- George Eliot

“ It is good to be helpful and kindly, but don’t give yourself to be melted into candle grease for the benefit of the tallow trade. ”

- George Eliot

“ A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away. ”

- George Eliot

“ Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words. ”

- George Eliot

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

- George Eliot

“ What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ”

- George Eliot

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

- George Eliot

“ If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence. ”

- George Eliot

“ What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined – to strengthen each other – to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ”

- George Eliot

“ Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. ”

- George Eliot

“ In every parting there is an image of death. ”

- George Eliot
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