Browse Quotes by Topic:

  
Age
Anger
Art
Business
Change
Computers
Death
Education
Environmental
Experience
Faith
Food
Forgiveness
Friendship
Gardening
Government
Health
History
Humor
Imagination    
Life
Love
Marriage
Movies
Music
Nature
Patriotism
Peace
Poetry
Politics
Religion
Science
Society
Sports
Success
Technology
Time
War
Wisdom
Work


Featured Authors:


Abraham Lincoln
Albert Einstein
Ambrose Bierce
Aristotle
Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Franklin
Carl Sandburg
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Francis Bacon
Friedrich Nietzsche
George Bernard Shaw
George Eliot
George Washington
Henry Ford
Mark Twain
Oscar Wilde
Plato
Socrates
Sophocles
William Shakespeare

George Eliot quotes (128)

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

A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
George Eliot   Category:

A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.
George Eliot   Category:

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
George Eliot   Category:

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
George Eliot   Category:

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
George Eliot   Category:

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
George Eliot   Category: Dad

An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
George Eliot   Category:

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
George Eliot   Category:

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   Category:

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

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot   Category: Pet

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
George Eliot   Category:

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
George Eliot   Category:

Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
George Eliot   Category:

Breed is stronger than pasture.
George Eliot   Category:

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

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   Category:

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
George Eliot   Category:

Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course.
George Eliot   Category:

Consequences are unpitying.
George Eliot   Category:

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
George Eliot   Category:

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   Category:

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
George Eliot   Category:

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
George Eliot   Category:

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
George Eliot   Category:

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
George Eliot   Category:

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
George Eliot   Category:

Falsehood is easy, truth so difficult.
George Eliot   Category:

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   Category:

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
George Eliot   Category:

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

Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
George Eliot   Category:

He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
George Eliot   Category:

Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
George Eliot   Category:

Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.
George Eliot   Category:

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
George Eliot   Category:

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
George Eliot   Category:

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.
George Eliot   Category: Love

I like trying to get pregnant. I'm not so sure about childbirth.
George Eliot   Category:

I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
George Eliot   Category:

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

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.
George Eliot   Category:

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.
George Eliot   Category:

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   Category:

In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.
George Eliot   Category:

In every parting there is an image of death.
George Eliot   Category:

In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
George Eliot   Category:

In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
George Eliot   Category:

Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
George Eliot   Category:

It always remains true that if we had been greater, circumstance would have been less strong against us.
George Eliot   Category:

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
George Eliot   Category:

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
George Eliot   Category:

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot   Category:

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
George Eliot   Category:

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
George Eliot   Category: Gardening

Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
George Eliot   Category:

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.
George Eliot   Category:

Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
George Eliot   Category:

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

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

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
George Eliot   Category:

Might, could, would - they are contemptible auxiliaries.
George Eliot   Category:

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
George Eliot   Category:

Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbour's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.
George Eliot   Category:

No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.
George Eliot   Category:

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
George Eliot   Category:

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
George Eliot   Category:

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
George Eliot   Category: