George Eliot

Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880; alternatively "Mary Anne" or "Marian"), known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. She also wished to have her fiction judged separately from her already extensive and widely known work as an editor and critic. An ... More

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George Eliot Quotes

George Eliot #Best #History #Men

You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.
George Eliot #Best #Failure #Fear

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
George Eliot #Best #Failure

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
George Eliot #Best

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 #Anger #Jealousy #Love

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
George Eliot #Death

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
George Eliot #Death

In every parting there is an image of death.
George Eliot #Death #Music

Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
George Eliot #Death

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
George Eliot #Experience

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
George Eliot #Experience

In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
George Eliot #Failure #Good

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
George Eliot #Family #Love #Marriage

Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.
George Eliot #Fear

There are many victories worse than a defeat.
George Eliot #Future

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
George Eliot #Gardening

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
George Eliot #God #Men #Women

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
George Eliot #God

We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
George Eliot #God

The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.
George Eliot #Great

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
George Eliot #Great

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
George Eliot #Great

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
George Eliot #Great

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
George Eliot #Great

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
George Eliot #Great

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.