Quotations From GEORGE ELIOT [MARY ANN (OR MARIAN) EVANS]


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  • Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 59 (1876).
  • But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 69 (1876).
  • But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire; the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 4, ch. 42 (1871).

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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 [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 57 (1876).

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  • The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 1, ch. 10 (1876).
  • ... he held it one of the prettiest attitudes of the feminine mind to adore a man's pre- eminence without too precise a knowledge of what it consisted in.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 27 (1871-1872).
  • There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 21 (1871-1872). Pseudonym of Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.

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  • Self-confidence is apt to address itself to an imaginary dullness in others; as people who are well off speak in a cajoling tone to the poor.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1876).

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  • Here undoubtedly lies the chief poetic energy:Min the force of imagination that pierces or exalts the solid fact, instead of floating among cloud-pictures.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 4, ch. 33 (1876).

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  • ... religion can only change when the emotions which fill it are changed; and the religion of personal fear remains nearly at the level of the savage.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 61 (1871-1872).

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