George Eliot Quotes

Born November 22, 1819
Died December 22, 1880

Who is George Eliot?

Mary Anne Evans known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

Books by George Eliot

Best Quotes by George Eliot

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within”

George Eliot

“All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.”

George Eliot

“Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”

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“Better spend an extra hundred or two on your son's education, than leave it him in your will.”

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The Mill on the Floss

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

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“Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.”

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“Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.”

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“Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.”

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Middlemarch

“Every man who is not a monster, a mathematician, or a mad philosopher, is the slave of some woman or other.”

George Eliot
The Sad Fortunes of the Rev. Amos Barton

“Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.”

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“I like breakfast-time better than any other moment in the day. No dust has settled on one's mind then, and it presents a clear mirror to the rays of things.”

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Adam Bede

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

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“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.”

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“No man can be wise on an empty stomach.”

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“Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.”

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Silas Marner

“One can say everything best over a meal.”

George Eliot
Adam Bede

“Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.”

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Janet's Repentance

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

George Eliot
Adam Bede

“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”

George Eliot
Adam Bede

“The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.”

George Eliot

“The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.”

George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss

“The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our ego and live in another’s world.”

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“There are many victories worse than a defeat.”

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“Those who trust us educate us.”

George Eliot
Daniel Deronda

“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”

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

George Eliot
Middlemarch