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I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean.
George Eliot

What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?
George Eliot

In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from
the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from
threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a
calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little
child's.
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Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
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It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
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The blessed work of helping the world forward, happily does not wait to be done by perfect
men.
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To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an
approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.
George Eliot

It will never rain roses: When we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
George Eliot

In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course
determined for them much in the same way as the tie of their cravats, there is always a good
number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little.
George Eliot

The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the
world.
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The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
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The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.
George Eliot

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. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.
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Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There
are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
George Eliot

Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our
children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice.
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It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crop.
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For what is love itself, for the one we love best? An enfolding of immeasurable cares which
yet are better than any joys outside our love.
George Eliot

It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on
subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.
George Eliot

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
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The darkest night that ever fell upon the earth never hid the light, never put out the stars. It
only made the stars more keenly, kindly glancing, as if in protest against the darkness.
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Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.
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A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
George Eliot

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the
earth seeking the successive autumns.
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One can say everything best over a meal.
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No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no
effort to escape from.
George Eliot

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.
George Eliot

In the man whose childhood has known caresses there is always a fibre of memory that can
be touched to gentle issues.
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Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
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An ingenious web of probabilities is the surest screen a wise man can place between himself
and the truth.
George Eliot

Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.
George Eliot

Imagination is a licensed trespasser: It has no fear of dogs, but may climb over walls and
peep in at windows with impunity.
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And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her
strength must be concealment.
George Eliot

Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.
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