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GEORGE ELIOT
(PSEUDONYM OF MARY ANN EVANS CROSS)
English novelist and poet
(1819 - 1880)
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A fine lady is a squirrel-headed thing, with small airs and small notions; about as applicable to the business of life as a pair of tweezers to the clearing of a forest.
      - [Delicacy]

A girl of eighteen imagines the feelings behind the face that has moved her with its sympathetic youth as easily as primitive people imagined the humors of the gods in fair weather. What is she to believe in if not in this vision woven from within?
      - [Face]

A peasant can no more help believing in a traditional superstition than a horse can help trembling when be sees a camel.
      - [Superstition]

A proud heart and a lofty mountain are never fruitful.
      - [Mountains]

A proud woman who has learned to submit carries all her pride to the reinforcement of her submission, and looks down with severe superiority on all feminine assumption as unbecoming.
      - [Pride]

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; to know that high initiation, she must often tread where it is hard to tread, and feel the chill air, and watch through darkness.
      - [Love]

A woman mixed of such fine elements
  That were all virtue and religion dead
    She'd make them newly, being what she was.
      - [Women]

A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.
      - [Hope]

A woman's lot is made for her by the love she accepts.
      - [Women]

A woman's rank
  Lies in the fulness of her womanhood:
    Therein alone she is royal.
      - [Women]

Affection is the broadest basis of good in life.
      - [Affection]

As leopard feels at home with leopard.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

As soon as we lay ourselves entirely at His feet, we have enough light given us to guide our own steps; as the foot-soldier, who hears nothing of the councils that determine the course of the great battle he is in; hears plainly enough the word of command which he must himself obey.
      - [Duty]

As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that, any more than the old church-steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.
      - [Gossip]

Awful Night! Ancestral mystery of mysteries.
      - [Night]

Breed is stronger than pasture.
      - [Ancestry]

But faithfulness can feed on suffering,
  And knows no disappointment.
      - [Fidelity]

But for tradition, we walk evermore to higher paths by brightening reason's lamp.
      - [Reason]

Can man or woman choose duties? No more than they can choose their birthplace, or their father and mother.
      - [Destiny : Duty]

Character is not cut in marble; it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do.
      - [Character]

Coarse kindness is at least better than coarse anger; and in all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of its dullness.
      - [Quarrels]

Conscience is harder than our enemies,
  Knows more, accuses with more nicety.
      - [Conscience]

Crowing thought makes growing revelation.
      - [Thought]

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

Death is the only physician, the shadow of his valley the only journeying that will cure us of age and the gathering fatigue of years.
      - [Death]


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