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George Eliot Quotes

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«The most solid comfort one can fall back upon is the thought that the business of one's life is to help in some small way to reduce the sum of ignorance, degradation and misery on the face of this beautiful earth.» — George Eliot
«What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?» — George Eliot
«It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.» — George Eliot
«Duty has a trick of behaving unexpectedly -- something like a heavy friend whom we have amiably asked to visit us, and who breaks his leg within our gates.» — George Eliot
«There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.» — George Eliot
«The progress of the world can certainly never come at all save by the modified action of the individual beings who compose the world.» — George Eliot
«...for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.» — George Eliot
«Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.» — George Eliot
«Let my body dwell in poverty, and my hands be as the hands of the toiler; but let my soul be as a temple of remembrance where the treasures of knowledge enter and the inner sanctuary is hope.» — George Eliot
«It is very hard to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings – much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.» — George Eliot
«And certainly, 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
«I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.» — George Eliot
«Life seems to on without effort when I am filled with music.» — George Eliot
«What destroys us most effectively is not a malign fate but our own capacity for self-deception and for degrading our own best self.» — George Eliot
«Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words.» — George Eliot
«What should I do-how should I act now, this very day . . . What she would resolve to do that day did not yet seem quite clear, but something that she could achieve stirred her as with an approaching murmur which would soon gather distinctness.» — George Eliot
«I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.» — George Eliot
«Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.» — George Eliot
«What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life--to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?» — George Eliot
«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
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