Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot, Scences of a Clerical Life (1858).
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.George Eliot
Howiver, I'm not denyin' the women are foolish: God Almighty made 'em to match the men.George Eliot
Perhaps the wind Wails so in winter for the summer's dead, And all sad sounds are nature's funeral cries For what has been and is not.George Eliot
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.George Eliot
An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.George Eliot
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.George Eliot
Examining the world in order to find consolation is very much like looking carefully over the pages of a great book in order to find our own name . ... Whether we find what we want or not, our preoccupation has hindered us from a true knowledge of the contents.George Eliot
... that modern sect of Flagellants who make a ritual of lashing not themselves but all their neighbours.George Eliot
Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.George Eliot
For strong souls Live like fire-hearted suns; to spend their strength In furthest striving action.George Eliot
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.George Eliot
The stars are golden fruit upon a tree all out of reach.George Eliot
We are not apt to fear for the fearless, when we are companions in their danger.George Eliot
It never will rain roses: when we want To have more roses we must plant more trees.George Eliot
Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.George Eliot
A man's a man. But when you see a king, you see the work of many thousand men.George Eliot
I couldn't live in peace if I put the shadow of a wilful sin between myself and God.George Eliot
For thoughts are so great aren't they, sir? They seem to lie upon us like a deep flood.George Eliot
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.George Eliot
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