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George Eliot Quotes

Consequences are unpitying.

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.

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.

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

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

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

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.

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

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.

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.

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

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

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

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

Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.

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

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

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

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