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George Eliot Quotes

George Eliot
My childhood was full of deep sorrows -- colic, whooping-cough, dread of ghosts, hell, Satan, and a Deity in the sky who was angry when I ate too much plumcake.
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#Childhood

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She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.
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#Grief

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Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking
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#Advise

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One must be poor to know the luxury of giving
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#Giving

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Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms
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#Agreement

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Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.
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#Passion

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There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
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#British Author #Fire

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The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision
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#Lies And Lying

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I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them
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#Comfort

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Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.
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#Impartiality #Merit

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Our consciousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us any more than without us; there have been many circulation of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud.
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#Beginning

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Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
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#Acting And Actors

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It’s never too late to be who you might have been!
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#Achievement

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Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return.
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#British Author #Indifference

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It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.
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#Poverty And The Poor

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Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
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#Anger #British Author

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Of what use, however, is a general certainty that an insect will not walk with his head hindmost, when what you need to know is the play of inward stimulus that sends him hither and thither in a network of possible paths?
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#Certainty #Insects

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Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow
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#Memories

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Habit is the beneficent harness of routine which enables silly men to live respectfully and unhappy men to live calmly
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#Men

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People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
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#Bravery

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All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
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#British Author

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There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
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#British Author #Despair

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I'm not denying the women are foolish: God almighty made 'em to match the men
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#God

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What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories.
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#Life