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

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  • 31.
    Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 5, ch. 36 (1876).

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  • 32.
    But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 5, ch. 51 (1871). Real name: Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.

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  • 33.
    Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1876). Speaking of society's expectations of women; Eliot's real name is Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.

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  • 34.
    ... the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 9 (1871-1872).
  • 35.
    You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1874-1876).

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  • 36.
    ... we all know the wag's definition of a philanthropist: a man whose charity increases directly as the square of the distance.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 38 (1871-1872).
  • 37.
    Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Graf Dornberg, in Armgart, sc. 2 (1871).

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  • 38.
    She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 8, ch. 80 (1871). Of Dorothea Brooke.

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  • 39.
    Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Impressions of Theophrastus Such, ch. 4 (1879).
  • 40.
    ... the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 38 (1871-1872).

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