"Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms" George Eliot
"Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words" 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
"It seems to me 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" George Eliot
One can say everything best over a meal.
"That farewell kiss which resembles greeting, that last glance of love which becomes the sharpest pang of sorrow"
There are so many of us, and our lots are so different, what wonder that Nature's mood is often in harsh contrast with the great crisis of our lives? We are children of a large family, and must learn, as such children do, not to expect that our hurts will be made much of--to be content with little nurture and caressing, and help each other the more
Our vanities differ as our noses do . . .
But I can't give up wishing," said Philip, impatiently. "It seems to me 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. How can we ever be satisfied without them until our feelings are deadened ?
Men's lives are as thoroughly blended with each other as the air they breathe: evil spreads as necessarily as disease
Family likeness has often a deep sadness in it. Nature, that great tragic dramatist, knits us together by bone and muscle, and divides us by the subtler web of our brains; blends yearning and repulsion; and ties us by our heart-strings to the beings that jar us at every movement.
For there is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and to have recovered hope
I would not creep along the coast but steer
Out in mid-sea, by guidance of the stars.