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all quotes by George Eliot (10)

"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."

letter to Miss Lewis | october 1841

"Love has a way of cheating itself consciously, like a child who plays at solitary hide-and-seek; it is pleased with assurances that it all the while disbelieves."

Adam Bede | 1859

"He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow."

Adam Bede | 1859

"It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crop."

Adam Bede | 1859

"We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them."

The Mill on the Floss | 1860

"Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand."

Silas Marner | 1861

"In our springtime every day has its hidden growths in the mind, as it has in the earth when the little folded blades are getting ready to pierce the ground."

Felix Holt | 1866

"A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections."

Daniel Deronda | january 1876

"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact."

Impressions of Theophrastus Such | 1879

"If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us."

Middlemarch: A Study in Provincial Life | 1899
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