Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me a man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

George Eliot

George Eliot

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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No retrospect will take us to the true beginning.

All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.

No chemical process shows a more wonderful activity than the transforming influence of the thoughts we imagine to be going on in another.

Ah, Iddio non paga il Sabatol (‘God does not pay on a Saturday')—the wages of men's sins often linger in their payment, and I myself saw much established wickedness of long-standing prosperity.

As to his religious notions—why, as Voltaire said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic.

Even much stronger mortals than Fred Vincy hold half their rectitude in the mind of the being they love best. "The theater of all my actions is fallen," said an antique personage when his chief friend was dead, and they are fortunate who get a theater where the audience demands their best.

In this stupid world, most people never consider that a thing is good to be done unless it is done by their own set.

Fred dislikes the idea going into the ministry partly because he doesn't like "feeling obligated to look serious", and he centers his doubts on "what people expect of a clergyman".

A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.

Despair no more leans on others than perfect contentment, and in despair pride ceases to be counteracted by the sense of dependence.

It is so very rarely that facts hit that nice medium required by our own enlightened opinions and refined taste! Perhaps.

When a tender affection has been storing itself in us through many of our years, the idea that we could accept any exchange for it seems to be a cheapening of our lives. And we can set a watch over our affections and our constancy as we can over other treasures.

That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.

Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.