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.


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

George Eliot

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.     

George Eliot

Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.     

George Eliot

In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.     

George Eliot

It's no use filling your pocket with money if you have got a hole in the corner.     

George Eliot

Affection is the broadest basis of a good life.     

George Eliot

It's a father's duty to give his sons a fine chance.     

George Eliot

Family likeness has often a deep sadness in it.     

George Eliot

A woman's rank lies in the fulness of her womanhood: Therein alone she is royal.     

George Eliot

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.     

George Eliot

A blush is no language; only a dubious flag - signal which may mean either of two contradictories.     

George Eliot

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.     

George Eliot

The human heart finds nowhere shelter but in human kind.     

George Eliot

The last refuge of intolerance is in not tolerating the intolerant ...     

George Eliot

The prevarication and white lies which a mind that keeps itself ambitiously pure is as uneasy under as a great artist under the false touches that no eye detects but his own, are worn as lightly as mere trimmings when once the actions have become a lie.     

George Eliot

Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.     

George Eliot

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

George Eliot

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

You are lonely; I love you; I want you to consent to be my wife; I will wait, but I want you to promise that you will marry me--no one else.     

George Eliot

Mysterious haunts of echoes old and far, The voice divine of human loyalty.     

George Eliot

Subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium     

George Eliot

Subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.     

George Eliot

A patronizing disposition always has it's meaner side.     

George Eliot

The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistorical acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.     

George Eliot

A good solid bit of work lasts.     

George Eliot

The most solid comfort one can fall back upon is the thought that the business of one's life is to help in some small way to reduce the sum of ignorance, degradation and misery on the face of this beautiful earth.     

George Eliot

Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.     

George Eliot

No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.     

George Eliot

Letter-writing I imagine is counted as 'work' from which you must abstain, and I scribble this letter simply from the self-satisfied notion that you will like to hear from me. You see, I have asked no questions, which are the torture-screws of correspondence. Hence you have nothing to answer.     

George Eliot

There's no disappointment in memory, and one's exaggerations are always on the good side.     

George Eliot