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Who shall put his finger on the work of justice, and say, "It is there"? Justice is like the kingdom of God: it is not without us as a fact; it is within us as a great yearning.
Wine and the sun will make vinegar without any shouting to help them.
Wise books for half the truths they hold are honored tombs.
You love the roses--so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valleys would be pink and white,
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and yet waking, all at once.
Over the sea, Queen, where we soon shall go,
Will it rain roses?
Your words bring daylight with them when you speak.
With a single drop of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past. This is what I undertake to do for you, reader.
- Adam Bede [Books (First Lines)]
For thoughts are so great--aren't they, sir? They seem to lie upon us like a deep flood; and it's my besetment to forget where I am and everything about me, and lose myself in thoughts that I could give no account of, for I could neither make a beginning nor ending of them in words.
- Adam Bede (ch. VIII) [Thought]
Consequences are unpitying. Our deeds carry their terrible consequences, quite apart from any fluctuations that went before--consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.
- Adam Bede (ch. XVI) [Results]
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
- Adam Bede (ch. XXIX) [Deeds]
Susceptible persons are more affected by a change of tone that by unexpected words.
- Adam Bede (ch. XXVII) [Sensibility]
He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
- Adam Bede (ch. XXXIII) [Self-love]
And rank for her meant duty, various,
Yet equal in its worth, done worthily.
Command was service; humblest service done
By willing and discerning souls was glory.
- Agatha [Duty]
Where you have friends you should not go to inns.
- Agatha [Inns]
In every parting there is an image of death.
- Amos Barton (ch. X) [Parting]
Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
- Armgart (sc. 2) [Truth]
When our two lives grew like two buds that kiss
At lightest thrill from the bee's swinging chime,
Because the one so near the other is.
- Brother and Sister (pt. I, st. 1) [Unity]
Was she beautiful or not beautiful? and what was the secret of form or expression which gave the dynamic quality to her glance? Was the good or the evil genius dominant in those beams? Probably the evil; else why was the effect that of unrest rather than of undisturbed charm? Why was the wish to look again felt as coercion, and not as a longing in which the whole being consents?
- Daniel Deronda [Books (First Lines)]
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. I, ch. X) [Vanity]
Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. II, ch. XIII) [Gossip]
Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. II, ch. XIII)
The moment of finding a fellow-creature is often as full of mingled doubt and exultation, as the moment of finding an idea.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. II, ch. XVII)
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.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. III, ch. XXIV)
Men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. IV, ch. XXXI) [Man]
Friendships begin with liking or gratitude--roots that can be pulled up.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. IV, ch. XXXII)
A blush is no language: only a dubious flag-signal which may mean either of two contradictories.
- Daniel Deronda (bk. V, ch. XXXV) [Blushes]
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