Who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rests in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot

George Eliot

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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At one time you take pleasure in a sort of perverse self-denial, and at another you have not resolution to resist a thing that you know to be wrong.

Oh, he dreams footnotes, and they run away with all his brains.

One's self-satisfaction is an untaxed kind of property which it is very unpleasant to find deprecated.

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.

The first condition of human goodness is something to love; the second, something to reverence.

Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity.

There is no hour that has not its births of gladness and despair, no morning brightness that does not bring new sickness to desolation as well as new forces to genius and love. There are so many of us, and our lots are so different, what wonder that Nature's mood is often in harsh contrast with the great crisis of our lives?

Before such calm external beauty the presence of a vague fear is more distinctly felt - like a raven flapping its slow wing across the sunny air.

In the love of a brave and faithful man there is always a strain of maternal tenderness; he gives out again those beams of protecting fondness which were shed on him as he lay on his mother's knee.

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.

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

Instead of getting a soft fence against the cold, shadowy, unapplausive audience of his life, had he only given it a more substantial presence?

The troublesome ones in a family are usually either the wits or the idiots.

He could perhaps have given no precise form to the reasons that determined this conclusion, but it is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.