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


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  • ... it is one thing to like defiance, and another thing to like its consequences.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 46 (1871-1872).
  • Kisses honeyed by oblivion.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. The Spanish Gypsy, bk. 3 (1868).
  • 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 [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 39 (1871-1872). Said by the novel's character named Mr. Brooke, a likable but comic figure described as "nearly sixty, of acquiescent temper, miscellaneous opinions, and uncertain vote."
  • A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 48 (1866).

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  • She was ... apt to be a little severe towards her own sex, which in her opinion was framed to be entirely subordinate.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 24, 1871-1872. Of the character named Mrs. Garth, who both managed her household and supplemented her impractical husband's meager income by teaching students.
  • 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 [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Daniel Deronda, bk. 3, ch. 24 (1876).
  • 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 receipt.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1876). On society's expectations of women.

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  • Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Dorothea, in Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 22 (1871-1872). Pseudonym of Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.
  • To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1871). Pseudonym of Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.
  • There is hardly any mental misery worse than that of having our own serious phrases, our own rooted beliefs, caricatured by a charlatan or a hireling.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Felix Holt, the Radical, ch. 11 (1866).
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