1819-1880, British Novelist
'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.
George Eliot – [Action]

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
George Eliot – [Humor]

A mother's yearning feels the presence of the cherished child even in the degraded man.
George Eliot – [Mothers]

A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a woman's life, and exalts habit into partnership with the soul's highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills.
George Eliot – [Love]

A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
George Eliot – [Girls]

A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt.
George Eliot – [Women]

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
George Eliot – [Meaning]

Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
George Eliot – [Prophecy]

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 – [Men and Women]

Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
George Eliot – [Obsession]

Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot – [Animals]

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
George Eliot – [Battles]

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
George Eliot – [Friends and Friendship]

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
George Eliot – [Influence]

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
George Eliot – [Facts]

Blows are sarcasm's turned stupid.
George Eliot – [Sarcasm]

Breed is stronger than pasture.
George Eliot – [Ancestry]

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.
George Eliot – [Experience]

But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
George Eliot – [Opposition]

But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
George Eliot – [Love Ended]

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