George Eliot Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old George Eliot quotes, George Eliot sayings, and George Eliot proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

George Eliot

There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.

George Eliot

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.      

George Eliot

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.

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

Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.

George Eliot

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.

George Eliot

All passion becomes strength when it has an outlet.     

George Eliot

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

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Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what you think is right and stick to it.     

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One can begin so many things with a new person! - even begin to be a better man.

George Eliot

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

George Eliot

She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.

George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

George Eliot

If you sit down at set of sun And count the acts that you have done, And counting find One self-denying deed, one word That eased the heart of him who heard One glance most kind That fell like sunshine where it went- Then you may count that day well spent.     

George Eliot

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?

George Eliot

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

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Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.      

George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life ... to strengthen each other ... to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.

George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life? (There) to strengthen each other (and) to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.

George Eliot

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.

George Eliot

How unspeakably the lengthening of memories in common endears our old friends!      

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All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.     

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Effective magic is transcendent nature.     

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The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.     

George Eliot

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.

George Eliot