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48 George Eliot Quotes About Love, Life and Friendship

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We hope you enjoy this amazing collection of George Eliot quotes! Eliot might be from the Victorian era, but the words of this timeless author and journalist provide motivation, inspiration and wisdom about human nature that is relevant to our day to day lives.

 

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George Eliot Quotes About Love, Life and Friendship

1.) Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. – George Eliot

 

2.) Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another – George Eliot

 

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

 

4.) Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms. – George Eliot

5.) It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them – George Eliot

 

6.) It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. – George Eliot

 

7.) Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. – George Eliot

 

8.) What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other? – George Eliot

 

9.) Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. – George Eliot

 

10.) I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear – George Eliot

 

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

 

12.) 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

 

13.) It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view. – George Eliot

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14.) What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? – George Eliot

 

15.) It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted. – George Eliot

 

16.) And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better. – George Eliot

 

17.) Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” – George Eliot

 

18.) 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

 

19.) My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy. – George Eliot

 

20.) I wish to use my last hours of ease and strength in telling the strange story of my experience. I have never fully unbosomed myself to any human being; I have never been encouraged to trust much in the sympathy of my fellow-men – George Eliot

 

21.) Our deeds are like children that are born to us; they live and act apart from our own will. Nay, children may be strangled, but deeds never: they have an indestructible life both in and out of our consciousness; – George Eliot

 

22.) An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down. – George Eliot

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23.) 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

 

24.) 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

 

25.) 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

 

26.) The difficulty is, to decide how far resolution should set in the direction of activity rather than in the acceptance of a more negative state. – George Eliot

 

27.) Examining the world in order to find consolation is very much like looking carefully over the pages of a great book in order to find our own name. … Whether we find what we want or not, our preoccupation has hindered us from a true knowledge of the contents. – George Eliot

 

28.) that modern sect of Flagellants who make a ritual of lashing — not themselves but — all their neighbours – George Eliot

 

29.) It’s but little good you’ll do a-watering the last year’s crop. – George Eliot

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30.) You know nothing about Hope, that immortal, delicious maiden forever courted forever propitious, whom fools have called deceitful, as if it were Hope that carried the cup of disappointment, whereas it is her deadly enemy, Certainty, whom she only escapes by transformation. – George Eliot

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31.) It’s them as take advantage that get advantage i’ this world. – George Eliot

 

32.) Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness! – George Eliot

 

33.) The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. – George Eliot

 

34.) A maggot must be born i’ the rotten cheese to like it. – George Eliot

 

35.) In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little child’s. – George Eliot

 

36.) In every parting there is an image of death. – George Eliot

 

37.) We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves. – George Eliot

 

38.) Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. – George Eliot

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39.) Be courteous, be obliging, but don’t give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade. – George Eliot

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40.) 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

 

41.) Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities. – George Eliot

 

42.) The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life. – George Eliot

 

43.) The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. – George Eliot

 

44.) The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another. – George Eliot

 

45.) The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. – George Eliot

 

46.) We are all apt to believe what the world believes about us. – George Eliot

 

47.) What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories. – George Eliot

 

48.) Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker. – George Eliot

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