Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.


George Eliot

896

Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.


George Eliot

896

There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.


George Eliot

896

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.


George Eliot

896

Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart.


George Eliot

896

But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.


George Eliot

896

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.


George Eliot

896

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.


George Eliot

896

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


George Eliot

896

Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.


George Eliot

896

You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.


George Eliot

896

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.


George Eliot

896

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one’s self to do without it.


George Eliot

896

The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.


George Eliot

896

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


George Eliot

896

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.


George Eliot

896

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.


George Eliot

896

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.


George Eliot

896

No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.


George Eliot

896

When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation and exclusion.


George Eliot

896

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