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.


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

George Eliot

People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.     

George Eliot

People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.     

George Eliot

In high vengeance there is noble scorn.     

George Eliot

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.     

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

The right word is always a power, and communicates its definiteness to our action.     

George Eliot

You must mind and not lower the Church in people's eyes by seeming to be frightened about it for such a little thing.     

George Eliot

The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule, and not to wander in mere lawlessness.     

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.     

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

Conscience is harder than our enemies, knows more, accuses with more nicety.     

George Eliot

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.     

George Eliot

Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.     

George Eliot

More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.     

George Eliot

The strength of the donkey mind lies in adopting a course inversely as the arguments urged, which, well considered, requires as great a mental force as the direct sequence.     

George Eliot

The days were longer then for time, like money, is measured by our needs, when summer afternoons were spacious, and the clock ticked slowly in the winter evenings.     

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome dubious eggs called possibilities.     

George Eliot

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.     

George Eliot

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.     

George Eliot

What a different result one gets by changing the metaphor!     

George Eliot

Affection is the broadest basis of a good life.     

George Eliot

These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.     

George Eliot

The reward of one duty done is the power to fulfill another.     

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.     

George Eliot