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 :: 1819-1880, British Novelist

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'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.
~ George Eliot - [Action]

 

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A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
~ George Eliot - [Humor]

 

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A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
~ George Eliot - [Mothers]

 

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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 - [Love]

 

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A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
~ George Eliot - [Girls]

 

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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 receipt.
~ George Eliot - [Women]

 

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All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
~ George Eliot - [Meaning]

 

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Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
~ George Eliot - [Prophecy]

 

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And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
~ George Eliot - [Men and Women]

 

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Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
~ George Eliot - [Obsession]

 

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Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
~ George Eliot - [Animals]

 

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Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
~ George Eliot - [Battles]

 

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Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
~ George Eliot - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
~ George Eliot - [Influence]

 

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Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
~ George Eliot - [Facts]

 

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Blows are sarcasm's turned stupid.
~ George Eliot - [Sarcasm]

 

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Breed is stronger than pasture.
~ George Eliot - [Ancestry]

 

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But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
~ George Eliot - [Experience]

 

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But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
~ George Eliot - [Opposition]

 

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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.
~ George Eliot - [Love Ended]

 

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