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English novelist and poet
(1819 - 1880)
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That is the bitterest of all,--to wear the yoke of our own wrong-doing.
      - Daniel Deronda (bk. V, ch. XXXVI)

The Jews are among the aristocracy of every land; if a literature is called rich in the possession of a few classic tragedies, what shall we say to a national tragedy lasting for fifteen hundred years, in which the poets and the actors were also the heroes.
      - Daniel Deronda (bk. VI, ch. XLII) [Jews]

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
      - Daniel Deronda (bk. VI, ch. XLII) [Choice]

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfil another.
      - Daniel Deronda (bk. VI, ch. XLVI) [Duty]

What makes life dreary is the want of motive.
      - Daniel Deronda (bk. VIII, ch. LXV)

Her lot is made for her by the love she accepts.
      - Felix Holt (ch. XLIII) [Women]

The devil tempts us not--'tis we tempt him,
  Reckoning his skill with opportunity.
      - Felix Holt (ch. XLVII) [Temptation]

There are . . . robberies that leave man or woman forever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer.
      - Felix Holt (introduction) [Slander]

There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder.
      - Felix Holt (introduction) [Hatred]

Blessed is the man who having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
      - Impressions of Theophrastus Such
         (ch. IV, p. 97) [Speech]

Blessed influence of one true loving human soul on another.
      - Janet's Repentance (ch. XIX) [Influence]

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
      - Middlemarch (bk. V, ch. XLIV) [Distrust]

Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
      - Middlemarch (book one, ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not smiled with some gentleness at the thought of the little girl walking forth one morning hand-in-hand with her still smaller brother, to go and seek martyrdom in the country of the Moors?
      - Middlemarch (prelude)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Our deeds still travel with us from afar.
  And what we have been makes us what we are.
      - Motto to Middlemarch (ch. LXX) [Deeds]

Animals are such agreeable friends--they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
      - Mr. Gilfil's Love-Story (ch. VII)

O may I join the choir invisible
  Of those immortal dead who live again
    In minds made better by their presence; live
      In pulses stirred to generosity,
        In deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn
          For miserable aims that end with self.
            In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars,
              And with their mild persistence urge man's search
                To vaster issues.
      - O May I Join the Choir Invisible

Shepperton Church was a very different looking building five-and-twenty years ago. To be sure, its substantial stone tower looks at you through its intelligent eye, the clock, with the friendly expression of former days; but in everything else what changes!
      - Scenes of Clerical Life (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

In the days when the spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses--and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread lace, had their toy spinning wheels of polished oak--there might be seen, in districts far away among the lanes, or deep in the bosom of the hills, certain palled undersized men who, by the side of the brawny country-folk, looked like the remnants of a disinherited race.
      - Silas Marner [Books (First Lines)]

'Tis God gives skill,
  But not without men's hands: He could not make
    Antonio Stradivari's violins
      Without Antonio.
      - Stradivarius (l. 151) [Music]

'Tis a petty kind of fame
  At best, that comes of making violins;
    And saves no masses, either. Thou wilt go
      To purgatory none the less.
      - Stradivarius (l. 85) [Fame]

The time of my end approaches. I have lately been subject to attacks of angina pectoris; and in the ordinary course of things, my physician tells me, I may fairly hope that my life will not be protracted many months. Unless, then, I am cursed with an exceptional physical constitution, as I am cursed with an exceptional mental character, I shall not much longer groan under the wearisome burthen of this earthly existence.
      - The Lifted Veil [Books (First Lines)]

A wide plain, where the broadening Floss hurries on between its green banks to the sea, and the loving tide, rushing to meet it, checks its passage with an impetuous embrace.
      - The Mill on the Floss
        [Books (First Lines)]

Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.
      - The Mill on the Floss (bk. I, ch. IX)

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
      - The Mill on the Floss (bk. I, ch. X)

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