Top 10 Quotes by George Eliot

George Eliot

I think the effective use of quotation is an important point in the art of writing. Given sparingly, quotations serve admirably as a climax or as a corroboration, but when they are long and frequent, they seriously weaken the effect of a book. We lose sight of the writer - he scatters our sympathy among others than himself - and the ideas which he himself advances are not knit together with our impression of his personality.

George Eliot
A good horse makes short miles.
George Eliot

I think what we call the dullness of things is a disease in ourselves. Else how could anyone find an intense interest in life? And many do.

George Eliot
If we only look far enough off for the consequence of our actions, we can always find some point in the combination of results by which those actions can be justified: by adopting the point of view of a Providence who arranges results, or of a philosopher who traces them, we shall find it possible to obtain perfect complacency in choosing to do what is most agreeable to us in the present moment.
George Eliot

Habit is the beneficent harness of routine which enables silly men to live respectfully and unhappy men to live calmly

George Eliot
Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.
George Eliot

All passion becomes strength when it has an outlet.

George Eliot
A woman mixed of such fine elementsThat were all virtue and religion deadShe'd make them newly, being what she was.
George Eliot

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.

George Eliot
Loquacity with tongue or pen is its own reward -- or, punishment.