George Eliot

George Eliot

Mary Anne Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880; alternatively "Mary Ann" or "Marian"), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. 

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

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.

An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.

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

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.

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

Adventure is not outside man, it is within.

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul, unbelief in denying them.

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

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.

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

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

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Breed is stronger than pasture.

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