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.
George Eliot Quotes Page 5
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.
Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.
Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?
Self-confidence is apt to address itself to an imaginary dullness in others; as people who are well off speak in a cajoling tone to the poor.
Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.
There is hardly any mental misery worse than that of having our own serious phrases, our own rooted beliefs, caricatured by a charlatan or a hireling.