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.

To men who only aim at escaping felony, nothing short of the prisoner's dock is disgrace. George Eliot
Better a false belief than no belief at all. George Eliot
Signs are small measurable things, but interpretations are illimitable, and in girls of sweet, ardent nature, every sign is apt to conjure up wonder, hope, belief, vast as a sky, and coloured by a diffused thimbleful of matter in the shape of knowledge. George Eliot
To manage men one ought to have a sharp mind in a velvet sheath. George Eliot
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees. George Eliot
I thought the gentle sound had whispered true, thought the little heaven mine. Leaned to clutch the thing divine, and saw the blue wings melt within the blue! George Eliot
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism. 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
The farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow. George Eliot
Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love. George Eliot
A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards George Eliot
A woman, let her be good as she may, has got to put up with the life her husband makes for her. George Eliot
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. George Eliot
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them. George Eliot
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. George Eliot
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand. The angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. George Eliot
I am not imposed upon by fine words; I can see what actions mean. George Eliot
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving. George Eliot
Oh, may I join the choir invisible / Of those immortal dead who live again / In minds made better by their presence; live George Eliot
Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. George Eliot
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment. George Eliot
Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress. George Eliot
As leopard feels at home with leopard. George Eliot
It's them as take advantage that get advantage in this world. George Eliot
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. George Eliot
We could never have loved the earth so well if we had no childhood in it. George Eliot
A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other. George Eliot
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved. George Eliot
It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. George Eliot
I would rather not be engaged. When people are engaged, they begin to thin of being married soon...and I should like everything to go on for a long while just as it is. George Eliot