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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot
“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.”
George Eliot
“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
George Eliot
“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...”
George Eliot, O May I Join the Choir Invisible! And Other Favourite Poems
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”
George Eliot
“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”
George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such
“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.”
George Eliot
“It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
“Poor fellow! I think he is in love with you.'

I am not aware of it. And to me it is one of the most odious things in a girl's life, that there must always be some supposition of falling in love coming between her and any man who is kind to her... I have no ground for the nonsensical vanity of fancying everybody who comes near me is in love with me.”
George Eliot
“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 at the moment of the last parting?”
George Eliot, Adam Bede
“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”
George Eliot
“And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
“No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. ”
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
“We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, "Oh, nothing!" Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
“Keep true. Never be ashamed of doing right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it.”
George Eliot
“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
“Selfish— a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their own power of sacrifice.”
George Eliot
“And certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch
“Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence.”
George Eliot
“It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.”
George Eliot
“I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.”
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”
George Eliot
“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”
George Eliot, Adam Bede
“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”
George Eliot
“Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
George Eliot, Mr Gilfil's Love Story
“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.”
George Eliot
“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
George Eliot

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