George Eliot

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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information. Mary Ann (Marian) Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. She was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity.She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously. Female authors published freely under their own names, but Eliot wanted to ensure that she was not seen as merely a writer of romances. An additional factor may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes. They lived together as man and wife, but Lewes was unable to divorce his wife from his failed marriage.See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_E...



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

Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly. George Eliot

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. George Eliot

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms. 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
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Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age. George Eliot
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It's them as take advantage that get advantage I this world. George Eliot

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

Breed is stronger than pasture. George Eliot

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're gone. George Eliot

It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism. George Eliot

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love. George Eliot

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

Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion. George Eliot

I at least have so much to do in unraveling certain human lots, and seeing how they were woven and interwoven, that all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web, and not dispersed over that tempting range of relevancies called the universe. George Eliot

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence. George Eliot

It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the dear deceit of beauty. George Eliot

There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles... but there is one order of beauty which seems made to turn the heads not only of men, but of all intelligent mammals, even of women. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle and to engage in conscious mischief --a beauty with which you can never be angry, but that you feel ready to crush for inability to comprehend the state of mind into which it throws you. George Eliot

Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems. George Eliot

He was at a starting point which makes many a man's career a fine subject for betting, if there were any gentlemen given to that amusement who could appreciate the complicated probabilities of an arduous purpose, with all the possible thwartings and furtherings of circumstance, all the niceties of inward balance, by which a man swings and makes his point or else is carried headlong. George Eliot


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