Best quotes by the British Author George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
  • Dreams

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

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
  • Future

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
  • Leadership



One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
  • Charity

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

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
  • Reading

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

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
  • Failure

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
  • Goodness

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
  • Mother

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
  • Success

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

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
  • Evil

To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.
  • Feelings

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
  • Goodness

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

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
  • Authors

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
  • Expectation

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
  • Facts

A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side.
  • Patronize

Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
  • Repetition

No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.
  • Reverence

Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.
  • Sympathy

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

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
  • Actions

Breed is stronger than pasture.
  • Ancestry

Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.
  • Belief

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.
  • Language

What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?
  • Life


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The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
  • Friends

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
  • Friends

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude roots that can be pulled up.
  • Friends

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 kind. 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.
  • Friends

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

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
  • pet

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
  • smile

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
  • fibers

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.
  • acceptance

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A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
  • Love

For what is love itself, for the one we love best? An enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.
  • Love

But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
  • Love

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

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
  • fibers

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.
  • love

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.
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What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?
  • Life

Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbour's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.
  • buzzing

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.
  • angels

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
  • banquet

What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?
  • difficult

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
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Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
  • Death

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
  • Death

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet
  • Death

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
  • come

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
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The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
  • Failure

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
  • Success

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
  • Failure

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
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You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.
  • Conversation

The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
  • Ego

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
  • Failure

That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
  • Marriage



There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
  • Pride

Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
  • Prophecy

The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
  • Purpose

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

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.
  • angry

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
  • Doubt

One soweth and another reapeth is a verity that applies to evil as well as good.
  • Evil

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

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
  • Failure

The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
  • Friends

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
  • Genius

Might, could, would --they are contemptible auxiliaries.
  • Language

Men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness.
  • Men

And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
  • Men

A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
  • Mother

Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.
  • Neutrality

His honest, patronizing pride in the good-will and respect of everybody about him was a safeguard even against foolish romance, still more against a lower kind of folly.
  • Patronize

The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.
  • Tolerance

I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
  • Vanity

The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.
  • War

The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
  • Women

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

The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome, dubious eggs, called possibilities.
  • called

Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.
  • Appearance

A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
  • Children

Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
  • Children

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
  • Death

The reward of one's duty is the power to fulfill another.
  • Duty

Those who trust us educate us.
  • Education

Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?
  • Fight

Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?
  • Forgiveness

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
  • Friends

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude roots that can be pulled up.
  • Friends

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 kind. 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.
  • Friends

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.
  • Gossip

She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.
  • Grief

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
  • Growth

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
  • Humor

People who can't be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
  • Humor

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
  • Kindness

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
  • Marriage

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.
  • Martyr

Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike.
  • Men

But 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.
  • Mother

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
  • Perfection

There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
  • Privacy

What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
  • Purpose

We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.
  • Reality

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
  • Reason

A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some area of native land where it may get the love of tender kinship from the earth, for the labors men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar unmistakable difference amidst the future widening of knowledge. The best introduction to astronomy is to think of the nightly heavens as a little lot of stars belonging to one's own homestead.
  • Stars

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
  • Sympathy

Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
  • Vanity

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.
  • blot

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
  • come

Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.
  • Abstinence

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.
  • Adversity

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.
  • Age

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.
  • Age

It's them as take advantage that get advantage I this world.
  • Ambition

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.
  • Ambition

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.
  • Angels

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.
  • Authors

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

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.
  • Beauty

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.
  • Career

Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.
  • Change

For character too is a process and an unfolding... among our valued friends is there not someone or other who is a little too self confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?
  • Character

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
  • Conflict

The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
  • Conscience

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.
  • Consequences

We must not inquire too curiously into motives... They are apt to become feeble in the utterance: the aroma is mixed with the grosser air. We must keep the germinating grain away from the light.
  • Curiosity

Blows are sarcasm's turned stupid.
  • Cynicism

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
  • Death

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet
  • Death

How could a man be satisfied with a decision between such alternatives and under such circumstances? No more than he can be satisfied with his hat, which he's chosen from among such shapes as the resources of the age offer him, wearing it at best with a resignation which is chiefly supported by comparison.
  • Decisions

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
  • Despair

To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.
  • Diplomacy

The sense of an entailed disadvantage -- the deformed foot doubtfully hidden by the shoe, makes a restlessly active spiritual yeast, and easily turns a self-centered, unloving nature into an Ishmaelite. But in the rarer sort, who presently see their own frustrated claim as one among a myriad, the inexorable sorrow takes the form of fellowship and makes the imagination tender.
  • Disability

But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
  • Dissent

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
  • Doubt

In the schoolroom her quick mind had taken readily that strong starch of unexplained rules and disconnected facts which saves ignorance from any painful sense of limpness.
  • Education

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
  • Envy

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
  • Envy

The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us: we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.
  • Example

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
  • Experience

Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
  • Experience

In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.
  • Fight

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
  • Fools

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

Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral. They have the same effect of grating incongruity as the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.
  • Funerals

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
  • Genius

Children demand that their heroes should be freckleless, 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.
  • HeroesHeroism

There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds -- not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but -- a hatred of all injury.
  • Hurt

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
  • Ideas

It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, Know thyself, and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident.
  • Identity

For what we call illusions are often, in truth, a wider vision of past and present realities --a willing movement of a man's soul with the larger sweep of the world's forces --a movement towards a more assured end than the chances of a single life.
  • Illusion

Strange, that some of us, with quick alternate vision, see beyond our infatuations, and even while we rave on the heights, behold the wide plain where our persistent self pauses and awaits us.
  • Infatuation

Of what use, however, is a general certainty that an insect will not walk with his head hindmost, when what you need to know is the play of inward stimulus that sends him hither and thither in a network of possible paths?
  • Insects

Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to the voices within, as the first traceable beginning of our love.
  • Inspirational

Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances.
  • Intelligence

Of a truth, Knowledge is power, but it is a power reined by scruple, having a conscience of what must be and what may be; whereas Ignorance is a blind giant who, let him but wax unbound, would make it a sport to seize the pillars that hold up the long-wrought fabric of human good, and turn all the places of joy as dark as a buried Babylon.
  • Knowledge

When one wanted one's interests looking after whatever the cost, it was not so well for a lawyer to be over honest, else he might not be up to other people's tricks.
  • Law

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.
  • Letters

A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
  • Love

For what is love itself, for the one we love best? An enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.
  • Love

But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
  • Love

Who has not felt the beauty of a woman's arm? The unspeakable suggestions of tenderness that lie in the dimpled elbow, and all the varied gently-lessening curves, down to the delicate wrist, with its tiniest, almost imperceptible nicks in the firm softness.
  • Mankind

I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
  • Men

I tell you there isn't a thing under the sun that needs to be done at all, but what a man can do better than a woman, unless it's bearing children, and they do that in a poor make-shift way; it had better ha been left to the men.
  • Men

Errors look so very ugly in persons of small means --one feels they are taking quite a liberty in going astray; whereas people of fortune may naturally indulge in a few delinquencies.
  • Mistakes

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.
  • Music

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
  • Nature

The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistorical acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.
  • Obscurity

There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder; robberies that leave man or woman for ever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer --committed to no sound except that of low moans in the night, seen in no writing except that made on the face by the slow months of suppressed anguish and early morning tears. Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life has been breathed into no human ear.
  • Pain

Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.
  • Paradox

Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.
  • Passion


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