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


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


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


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




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


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


  7. One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.


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


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


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

    • anger

  11. Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.


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


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


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


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


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


  17. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

    • goodness

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  26. A patronizing disposition always has its meaner side.


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


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


  29. Breed is stronger than pasture.


  30. 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.



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    Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it. And if I was a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.


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What are the best friends quotes by George Eliot?


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


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

    • friends

    Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!

    • 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.


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


    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.


    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.


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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.


    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.

    • love

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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.


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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

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

    • success

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

    • failure

    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.

    • failure

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


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.


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

  • friends

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




You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.


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

  • actions

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

  • mother

The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.


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


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

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


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


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


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

  • failure

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

  • evil

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


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

  • men

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.


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

  • language

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

  • friends

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


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

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


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.


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

  • children

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.


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


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


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


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


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.


Those who trust us educate us.


What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.

  • purpose

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

  • marriage

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.


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

  • come

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


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


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

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.


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


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

  • death

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


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

  • sympathy

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!

  • 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

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

  • vanity

Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.


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


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


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

  • humor

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


There is a sort of subjection which is the peculiar heritage of largeness and of love; and strength is often only another name for willing bondage to irremediable weakness.


Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.


Excessive literary production is a social offense.


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.


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

  • death

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


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


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.


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.


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

The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.


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

  • fight

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.


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

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

What quarrel, what harshness, what unbelief in each other can subsist in the presence of a great calamity, when all the artificial vesture of our life is gone, and we are all one with each other in primitive mortal needs?


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.


Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries.


There are many victories worse than a defeat.


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.


An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.


Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled egg...


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

One way of getting an idea of our fellow-countrymen's miseries is to go and look at their pleasures.


Certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we're so fond of it.


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

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.


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.

  • love

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.


In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.


Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.


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


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.


Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance! What hymning of cancerous vices may we not languish over as sublimest art in the safe remoteness of a strange language and artificial phrase! Yet we keep a repugnance to rheumatism and other painful effects when presented in our personal experience.


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?


How lovely the little river is, with its dark changing wavelets! It seems to me like a living companion while I wander along the bank, and listen to its low, placid voice...


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

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.


A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.


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.


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

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.

  • women

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


The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.


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

Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.


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.

  • inspirational

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

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


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.


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

  • pet

He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.


We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.


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.

  • vanity

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.


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.


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

  • difficult

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

  • 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.


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