George Eliot Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous George Eliot quotes and George Eliot sayings, and George Eliot proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

"Family likeness has often a deep sadness in it. Nature, that great tragic dramatist, knits us together by bone and muscle, and divides us by the subtler web of our brains; blends yearning and repulsion; and ties us by our heart-strings to the beings that jar us at every movement."

"It’s a father’s duty to give his sons a fine chance."

"I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved."

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

"The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life."

"Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand."

"It is seldom that the miserable can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable."

"The soul of man, when it gets fairly rotten, will bear you all sorts of poisonous toad-stools, and no eye can see whence came the seed thereof."

"It cuts one sadly to see the grief of old people; they’ve no way o’ working it off; and the new spring brings no new shoots out on the withered tree."

"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."

"When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion."

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

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

"It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one’s own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care."

"What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life? They are there to strengthen each other and to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories."

"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."

"Our words have wings, but fly not where we would."

"Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world."

"Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life."

"Blows are sarcasm’s turned stupid."

"It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees."

"The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision."

"Effective magic is transcendent nature."

"All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation."

"How unspeakably the lengthening of memories in common endears our old friends!"

"What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life? (There) to strengthen each other (and) to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories."

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

"Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love."

"The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."

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