George Eliot (1819-1880) [Mary Ann Evans] English novelist, poet

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A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them. - George Eliot
As they who make Good luck a god count all unlucky men. - George Eliot
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. - George Eliot
Ignorance, is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it. - George Eliot
The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world. - George Eliot
Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker. - George Eliot
It is, I fear, but a vain show of fulfilling the heathen precept, 'Know thyself,' and too often leads to a self-estimate which will subsist in the absence of that fruit by which alone the quality of the tree is made evident. - George Eliot
A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills. - George Eliot
There is a sort of subjection which is the peculiar heritage of largeness and of love; and strength is often only another name for willing bondage to irremediable weakness. - George Eliot