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

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  • A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. repr. In Scenes of Clerical Life (1858). Janet's Repentance, ch. 8, Blackwood's Magazine (1857).

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  • Errors look so very ugly in persons of small means—one feels they are taking quite a liberty in going astray; whereas people of fortune may naturally indulge in a few delinquencies.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. First published in Blackwood's Magazine (1857). Janet's Repentance, ch. 25, Scenes of Clerical Life (1858).

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  • Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 2, ch. 21 (1871). Pseudonym of Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.

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  • There are answers which, in turning away wrath, only send it to the other end of the room, and to have a discussion coolly waived when you feel that justice is all on your own side is even more exasperating in marriage than in philosophy.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 29 (1871-1872).

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  • It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, "Know thyself," and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Mr. Lyon, the independent minister, in Felix Holt, The RadicalÉ, ch. 5 (1866). Said of the pitfalls of scrutinizing oneself too closely.

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  • There are glances of hatred that stab, and raise no cry of murder.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Felix Holt, the Radical, introduction (1866).

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  • We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 35 (1871-1872).

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  • Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. "Finale," bk. 8, Middlemarch (1871).

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  • There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 3 (1866).

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  • Great feelings will often take the aspect of error, and great faith the aspect of illusion.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. "Finale," bk. 8, Middlemarch (1871). Real name is Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.

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