How can a man's candour be seen in all its lustre unless he has a few failings to talk of? But he had an agreeable confidence that his faults were all of a generous kind—impetuous, arm-blooded, leonine; never crawling, crafty, reptilian.

George Eliot

George Eliot

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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People talk of their motives in a cut and dried way. Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster. I am not a monster but I have not felt exactly what other women feel, or say they feel, for fear of being thought unlike others.

What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?

You are not a woman. You may try-but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's force of genius in you and yet to suffer the slavery of being a girl.

That imagined 'otherwise' which is our practical heaven.

She seems to have what I never saw in any woman before—a fountain of friendship towards men—a.

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.

I shall be glad of a cup of coffee as soon as possible.

It is a mere cowardice to seek safety in negations. No character becomes strong in that way. You will be thrown into the world some day and then every rational satisfaction your nature that you deny now will assault like a savage appetite.

The thirst that from the soul doth rise, Doth ask a drink divine.

So I am content to tell my simple story, without trying to make things seem better than they were; dreading nothing, indeed, but falsity, which, in spite of one's best efforts, there is reason to dread.

The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.

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

The circumstances would always be stronger than his assertion.