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1819 - 1880, English novelist

You are never too old to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
George Eliot

No man can be wise on an empty stomach.
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Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right, and stick to it.
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.
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And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.
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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
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No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the
same interpreters.
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There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
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Selfish - a judgment readily passed by those who have never tested their own power of
sacrifice.
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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.
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Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries.
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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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What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
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Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck
to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than
a defeat.
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I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems
to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort,
when I am filled with music.
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Those who trust us educate us.
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There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
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I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is
failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
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It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.
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I've never had any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about
with them.
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Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward
with a joyful confidence.
George Eliot

High achievements demand some other unusual qualification besides an unusual desire for
high prizes.
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Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: It
proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
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Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
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One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
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I'm not denyin' the women are foolish: God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
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Each thought is a nail that is driven in structures that cannot decay; And the mansion at last
will be given to us as we build it each day.
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The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
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Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the
fact.
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Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.
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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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It is surely better to pardon too much, than to condemn too much.
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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 at the moment of
the last parting?
George Eliot

Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
George Eliot

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