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

George Eliot

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Fred fancied that he saw to the bottom of his uncle Featherstone's soul, though in reality half what he saw there was no more than the reflex of his own inclinations. The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes.

For my part I am very sorry for him.

She looked as if her nerves were quivering with the expectation that something would be thrown at her. But she never had anything worse than words to dread.

She is a good creature—that fine girl—but a little too earnest, he thought. It is troublesome to talk to such women. They are always wanting reasons, yet they are too ignorant to understand the merits of any question, and usually fall back on their moral sense to settle things after their own taste.

At all events, it is certain that if any medicinal man had come to Middlemarch with the reputation of having very definite religious views, of being given to prayer, and of otherwise showing an active piety, there would have been a general presumption against his medical skill.

I'm determined to read no more books where the blond-haired women carry away all the happiness.

We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it…

Fred at six years old thought her the nicest girl in the world, making her his wife with a brass ring which he had cut from an umbrella.

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

There are many victories worse than a defeat.

Doubtless some ancient Greek has observed that behind the big mask and the speaking-trumpet, there must always be our poor little eyes peeping as usual and our timorous lips more or less under anxious control.

I went into science a great deal myself at one time; but I saw it would not do. It leads to everything; you can let nothing alone.

We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what we imagine might have been.