English novelist, essayist, poet and journalist (1819–1880)
Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She wrote seven novels: Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862–63), Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), Middlemarch (1871–72) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Like Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, she emerged from provincial England; most of her works are set there. Her works are known for their realism, psychological insight, sense of place and detailed depiction of the countryside.
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What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
One couldn't carry on life comfortably without a little blindness to the fact that everything has been said better than we can put it ourselves.
And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.