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George Eliot
November 22, 1819 - December 22, 1880
Nationality: British
Category: Author
Subcategory: British Author

No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.


A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.


You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.


I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.


In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.


One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!


To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.


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


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


The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.


Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.


Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.


Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.


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


Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.


Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.


It is never too late to be what you might have been.


Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.


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


Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.


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