Quotes by George Eliot

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
– George Eliot
Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
– George Eliot
Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
– George Eliot
All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
– George Eliot
All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
– George Eliot
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
Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
– George Eliot
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
– George Eliot
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.
– George Eliot
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
– George Eliot
Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
– George Eliot
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
– George Eliot
Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
– George Eliot
Blows are sarcasm's turned stupid.
– George Eliot
Breed is stronger than pasture.
– George Eliot
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
– George Eliot
But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
– George Eliot
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
– George Eliot
But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
– George Eliot
Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.
– George Eliot