George Eliot Quotes & Wallpapers

George Eliot
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It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

Children demand that their heroes should be freckle less, and easily believe them so: perhaps a first discovery to the contrary is less revolutionary shock to a passionate child than the threatened downfall of habitual beliefs which makes the world seem to totter for us in maturer life. George Eliot

As they who make Good luck a god count all unlucky men. George Eliot

May every soul that touches mine - be it the slightest contact - get there from some good; some little grace; one kindly thought; one aspiration yet unfelt; one bit of courage for the darkening sky; one gleam of faith to brave the thickening ills of life; one glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists - to make this life worthwhile. George Eliot

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude- roots that can be pulled up. George Eliot

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

... one's own faults are always a heavy chain to drag through life and one can't help groaning under the weight now and then. George Eliot

What moments of despair that life would ever be made precious to me by the consciousness that I lived to some good purpose! It was that sort of despair that sucked away the sap of half the hours which might have been filled by energetic youthful activity: and the same demon tries to get hold of me again whenever an old work is dismissed and a new one is being meditated. George Eliot

I am not resigned: I am not sure life is long enough to learn that lesson. George Eliot

Our thoughts are often worse than we are. George Eliot

One's self-satisfaction is an untaxed kind of property which it is very unpleasant to find deprecated. George Eliot

Perhaps his might be one of the natures where a wise estimate of consequences is fused in the fires of that passionate belief which determines the consequences it believes in. George Eliot

Life is too precious to be spent in this weaving and unweaving of false impressions, and it is better to live quietly under some degree of misrepresentation than to attempt to remove it by the uncertain process of letter-writing. George Eliot

It's them as take advantage that get advantage I' this world, I think: folks have to wait long enough afore it's brought to 'em. George Eliot

Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change - only to give stability to one beautiful moment. George Eliot

There are men whose presence infuses trust and reverence. George Eliot

If we only look far enough off for the consequence of our actions, we can always find some point in the combination of results by which those actions can be justified: by adopting the point of view of a Providence who arranges results, or of a philosopher who traces them, we shall find it possible to obtain perfect complacency in choosing to do what is most agreeable to us in the present moment. George Eliot

It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crops George Eliot

In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little. George Eliot

Sympathetic people are often uncommunicative about themselves; they give back reflected images which hide their own depths. 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. George Eliot

There is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world; and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room. George Eliot

One height Showed him the ocean, stretched in liquid light, And he could hear its multitudinous roar, Its plunge and hiss upon the pebbled shore. George Eliot

As soon as we lay ourselves entirely at His feet, we have enough light given us to guide our own steps; as the foot-soldier, who hears nothing of the councils that determine the course of the great battle he is in; hears plainly enough the word of command which he must himself obey. George Eliot

She thought it was part of the hardship of her life that there was laid upon her the burthen of larger wants than others seemed to feel - that she had to endure this wide hopeless yearning for that something, whatever it was, that was greatest and best on this earth. George Eliot

With a single drop of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past. This is what I undertake to do for you, reader. George Eliot

Don't seem to he on the lookout for crows, else you'll set other people watching. George Eliot

to my thinking, it is more pitiable to bore than to be bored. George Eliot

It is a sad weakness in us, after all, that the thought of a man's death hallows him anew to us; as if life were not sacred too. George Eliot

We cannot reform our forefathers. George Eliot

How impossible it is for strong healthy people to understand the way in which bodily malaise and suffering eats at the root of one's life! The philosophy that is true - the religion that is strength to the healthy - is constantly emptiness to one when the head is distracted and every sensation is oppressive. George Eliot

For we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them. George Eliot

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

That quiet mutual gaze of a trusting husband and wife is like the first moment of rest or refuge from a great weariness or a great danger-not to be interfered with by speech or action which would distract the sensations from the fresh enjoyment of repose. George Eliot

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us. George Eliot

I've always felt that your belongings have never been on a level with you. George Eliot

In poor Rosamond's mind there was not room enough for luxuries to look small in. George Eliot

Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life??the life which has a seed of ennobling thought and purpose within??can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances. George Eliot

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

What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor! George Eliot

I not only want to be loved, I want to be told that I'm loved. George Eliot

There's folks as make bad butter and trusten to the salt t' hide it. (Mrs Poyser). George Eliot

People who love downy peaches are apt not to think of the stone, and sometimes jar their teeth terribly against it. George Eliot

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

It seems to me now, if I was to find Father at home to-night, I should behave different; but there's no knowing - perhaps nothing 'ud be a lesson to us if it didn't come too late. George Eliot

Come in, Adam, and rest; it has been a hard day for thee. George Eliot

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

If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon. George Eliot

It is doubtful whether our soldiers would be maintained if there were not pacific people at home who like to fancy themselves soldiers. War, like other dramatic spectacles, might possibly cease for want of a public. George Eliot

There comes a night when all too late The mind shall long to prompt the achieving hand, The eager thought behind closed portals stand, And the last wishes to the mute lips press Buried ere death in silent helplessness. George Eliot

The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man. George Eliot

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of that fact. George Eliot

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

Poor fellow! I think he is in love with you.' I am not aware of it. And to me it is one of the most odious things in a girl's life, that there must always be some supposition of falling in love coming between her and any man who is kind to her... I have no ground for the nonsensical vanity of fancying everybody who comes near me is in love with me. George Eliot

Human longings are perversely obstinate; and to the man whose mouth is watering for a peach, it is of no use to offer the largest vegetable marrow. George Eliot

Folks as have no mind to be o' use have allays the luck to be out o' the road when there's anything to be done. George Eliot

Great Love has many attributes, and shrines For varied worshippers, but his force divine Shows most its many-named fulness in the man Whose nature multitudinously mixed- Each ardent impulse grappling with a thought- Resists all easy gladness, all content Save mystic rapture, where the questioning soul Flooded with consciousness of good that is Finds life one bounteous answer. George Eliot

The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence; it enlarges the imagined range for self to move in: but in after years it can only continue to be joy on the same terms as other long-lived love-that is, by much suppression of self, and power of living in the experience of another. George Eliot

Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been. George Eliot

There is no compensation for the woman who feels that the chief relation of her life has been no more than a mistake. She has lost her crown. The deepest secret of human blessedness has half whispered itself to her, and then forever passed her by. George Eliot

The disappointments of life can never, any more than its pleasures, be estimated singly; and the healthiest and most agreeable of men is exposed to that coincidence of various vexations, each heightening the effect of the other, which may produce in him something corresponding to the spontaneous and externally unaccountable moodiness of the morbid and disagreeable. George Eliot

When you've been used to doing things, and they've been taken away from you, it's as if your hands had been cut off, and you felt the fingers as are of no use to you. George Eliot

Man finds his pathways: at first they were foot-tracks, as those of the beast in the wilderness; now they are swift and invisible: his thought dives through the ocean, and his wishes thread the air: has he found all the pathways yet? What reaches him, stays with him, rules him: he must accept it, not knowing its pathway. George Eliot

A suppressed resolve will betray itself in the eyes. George Eliot

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

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice. 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. George Eliot

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



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