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George Eliot
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It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot
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The mother's love is at first an absorbing delight, blunting all other sensibilities; it is an expansion of the animal existence. George Eliot
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Boots and shoes are the greatest trouble of my life. George Eliot
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been. George Eliot
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A suppressed resolve will betray itself in the eyes. George Eliot
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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
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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
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Don't seem to he on the lookout for crows, else you'll set other people watching. George Eliot
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to my thinking, it is more pitiable to bore than to be bored. George Eliot
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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
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We cannot reform our forefathers. George Eliot
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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
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For we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them. George Eliot
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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
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The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama. George Eliot
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What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor! George Eliot
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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
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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
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There are men whose presence infuses trust and reverence. George Eliot
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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
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I am not resigned: I am not sure life is long enough to learn that lesson. George Eliot
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It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. George Eliot
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The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life. George Eliot
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Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow. George Eliot
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In travelling I shape myself betimes to idleness And take fools' pleasure George Eliot
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But certain winds will make men's temper bad. George Eliot
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I hold it a blasphemy to say that a man ought not to fight against authority: there is no great religion and no great freedom that has not done it, in the beginning. George Eliot
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It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent - like a carrier pigeon. George Eliot
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When a workman knows the use of his tools, he can make a door as well as a window. George Eliot
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The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes. George Eliot
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And certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it. George Eliot
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What can still that hunger of the heart which sickens the eye for beauty, and makes sweet-scented ease an oppression? George Eliot
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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
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In the chequered area of human experience the seasons are all mingled as in the golden age: fruit and blossom hang together; in the same moment the sickle is reaping and the seed is sprinkled; one tends the green cluster and another treads the wine-press. Nay, in each of our lives harvest and spring-time are continually one, until Death himself gathers us and sows us anew in his invisible fields. George Eliot
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The great river-courses which have shaped the lives of men have hardly changed; and those other streams, the life-currents that ebb and flow in human hearts, pulsate to the same great needs, the same great loves and terrors. As our thought follows close in the slow wake of the dawn, we are impressed with the broad sameness of the human lot, which never alters in the main headings of its history-hunger and labour, seed-time and harvest, love and death. George Eliot
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In all failures, the beginning is certainly the half of the whole. George Eliot
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In the love of a brave and faithful man there is always a strain of maternal tenderness; he gives out again those beams of protecting fondness which were shed on him as he lay on his mother's knee. George Eliot
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Nature has her language, and she is not unveracious; but we don't know all the intricacies of her syntax just yet, and in a hasty reading we may happen to extract the very opposite of her real meaning. George Eliot
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Even success needs its consolations. George Eliot
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History, we know, is apt to repeat itself, and to foist very old incidents upon us with only a slight change of costume. George Eliot
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Satan was a blunderer ... who made a stupendous failure. If he had succeeded, we should all have been worshipping him, and his portrait would have been more flattering. George Eliot
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Nature has the deep cunning which hides itself under the appearance of openness, so that simple people think they can see through her quite well, and all the while she is secretly preparing a refutation of their confident prophecies. George Eliot
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The light can be a curtain as well as the darkness. George Eliot
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What to one man is the virtue which he has sunk below the possibility of aspiring to, is to another the backsliding by which he forfeits his spiritual crown. George Eliot
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I love not to be choked with other men's thoughts. George Eliot
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Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. George Eliot
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Quick souls have their intensest life in the first anticipatory sketch of what may or will be, and the pursuit of their wish is the pursuit of that paradisiacal vision which only impelled them, and is left farther and farther behind, vanishing forever even out of hope in the moment which is called success. George Eliot
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It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings - much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth. George Eliot
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If I got places, sir, it was because I made myself fit for 'em. If you want to slip into a round hole, you must first make a ball of yourself; that's where it is. George Eliot
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Certainly the determining acts of her life were not ideally beautiful. They were the mixed result of young and novel impulse struggling amidst the conditions of an imperfect social state, in which great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion. George Eliot
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It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much. George Eliot
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I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean. George Eliot
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Pity that consequences are determined not by excuses but by actions! George Eliot
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We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, "Oh, nothing!" Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts- not to hurt others. George Eliot
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There is no general doctrine which is not capable of eating out our morality if unchecked by the deep-seated habit of direct fellow-feeling with individual fellow-men. George Eliot
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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
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Her heart went out to him with a stronger movement than ever, at the thought that people would blame him. Maggie hated blame; she had been blamed her whole life, and nothing had come of it but evil tempers. George Eliot
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And Dorothea..she had no dreams of being praised above other women. Feeling that there was always something better which she might have done if she had only been better and known better, her full nature spent itself in deeds which left no great name on the earth, but the effect of her being on those around her was incalculable. For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts and on all those Dorotheas who life faithfully their hidden lives and rest in unvisited tombs. Middlemarch George Eliot
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"Heaven help us," said the old religion; the new one, from its very lack of that faith, will teach us all the more to help one another. George Eliot
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Given, a man with moderate intellect, a moral standard not higher than the average, some rhetorical affluence and a great glibness of speech, what is the career in which, without the aid of birth or money, he may most easily attain power and reputation in English society? Where is that Goshen of mediocrity in which a smattering of science and learning will pass for profound instruction, where platitudes will be accepted as wisdom, bigoted narrowness as holy zeal, unctuous egoism as God-given piety? George Eliot
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It is time the clergy are told that thinking men, after a close examination of that doctrine, pronounce it to be subversive of true moral development and, therefore, positively noxious. George Eliot
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