Mary Anne Evans (1819 - 1880) or George Eliot, pseudonym he used to prevent discrimination faced by women of his time, was one of the most important writers of European fiction. He wrote seven novels, including Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Romola, Daniel Deronda Y Middlemarch, and although all of them are known for their realism and high psychological vision, the latter has been recognized as the best novel in the English language of all time.
The words of this impressive writer, poet and timeless journalist provide inspiration, motivation and wisdom about human nature for our daily lives. Do not miss your best dates!
Famous quotes by George Eliot
It is never too late to be what you could have been.
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
Lift your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go ahead with a cheerful confidence.
The adventure is not out of man; is within.
The strongest principle of growth is in human choice.
What makes life sad is the lack of motivation.
When death comes, the great reconciler, we never regret our tenderness, but our severity.
One has to spend many years learning to be happy.
What do we live for, if not for life to be less difficult for others?
I don't want a future that breaks the bonds of the past.
I think I don't like what I don't like more than I like what I like.
Only in the agony of farewell we observe the depths of love.
There are a lot of undiscovered countries within us.
Our actions determine us, as much as we determine our actions.
Ignorance gives one a wide range of probabilities.
The important work of advancing the world does not wait for perfect men to do it.
The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.
We are all willing to believe what the world believes about us.
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are united ... to strengthen each other ... to be with each other in ineffable and silent memories?
Gossip is a kind of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco pipes of those who spread it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
Animals are such nice friends, they don't ask questions; They don't make any criticism.
Roses will never rain: if we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
Delicious fall! My soul is married to her, and if she were a bird, she would fly across the earth in search of successive autumns.
Best friend, my spring in the desert!
Happier women, like happier nations, have no history.
A worm must be born in the rotten cheese in order for it to like it.
We give people to the mercy of God and we don't show ourselves.
Blessed is the influence of a true and loving human soul.
No man can be wise on an empty stomach.
Not only do I like to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, refrains from giving us solid proof of the fact.
Each limit is both a beginning and an end.
It is a narrow mind that cannot look at a subject from several points of view.
The darkest night that ever fell on the earth never hid the light, never extinguished the stars. It only made the stars look more sharply, as if they were protesting against the darkness.
Blessed is the influence of a true and loving human soul on another.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
Our actions still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us who we are.
If art does not increase the sympathies of men, it does nothing moral.
Effective magic is transcendent nature.
Friendships begin with sympathy or gratitude, roots that can be uprooted.
I am not resigned: I am not sure that life is long enough to learn that lesson.
You have such strong words in command that make the smallest argument seem formidable.
It makes no sense to fill your pocket with money if you have a hole in the corner.
The world is full of hopeful analogies and beautiful and dubious eggs, called possibilities.
The golden moments in the flow of life invade us, and we see nothing but sand. The angels come to visit us, and we only recognize them when they are gone.
There is very little you will achieve by watering last year's harvest.
Poetry art and knowledge are sacred and pure.
"Heaven help us," said the ancient religion; the new, from the lack of that faith, will teach us even more to help each other.
At each farewell there is an image of death.
We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what could have been.
What a greater thing there is for two human souls, than to feel that they are united for a lifetime: to strengthen each other in all work, to support each other in all pain, to minister with all pain, to be with each other in memories indescribable in silence at the time of the last farewell.
The principle of repentance is the beginning of a new life.
Life seems to go on effortlessly when I'm full of music.
Mortals, men and women, devour many disappointments between breakfast and dinner time; Hold back the tears and clean your lips a little, and in response to the questions, say: "Oh, nothing!" Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our wounds, not to hurt others.
It seems to me that we can never give up the desire and desire while we are fully alive. There are certain things that we believe are beautiful and good, and we must yearn for them.
To handle men one must have a sharp mind in a velvet sheath.
My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress can be measured by the degree to which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
But what we call our despair is often only the painful desire for unfulfilled hope.
I don't want the world to give me anything for my books, except enough money to save me from the temptation to write just for money.
I am a test against the word failure. I have seen behind her. The only failure a man should fear is the failure to hold on to the purpose he sees to be the best.
A friend is the one to whom the contents of the heart, the straw and the grain can be shed, knowing that the soft hands will take it and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and, with a breath of goodness, will blow the rest away .
There is only one fault in life possible, and that is not being true to the best that one knows.