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George Eliot Quotes


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What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
[Despair]
 

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

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

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

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.
 

Young love-making, that gossamer web! Even the points it clings to - the things whence its subtle interlacings are swung - are scarcely perceptible: momentary touches of fingertips, meetings of rays from blue and dark orbs, unfinished phrases, lightest changes of cheek and lip, faintest tremors. The web itself is made of spontaneous beliefs and indefinable joys, yearnings of one life toward another, visions of completeness, indefinite trust.
[Love]
 


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