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George Eliot
(22 Nov 1819 - 22 Dec 1880)

English novelist and journalist , the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, a leading Victorian writer, whose well-known works include major works include Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861)and Middlemarch (1871–72). She used a male pen name to distinguish her work from the typical romantic novels usually associated with female writers of her time.

Science Quotes by George Eliot (11 quotes)

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George Eliot at age 30
Portrait by Alexandre-Louis-Franηois d'Albert-Durade (source)
Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, pass no criticisms.
— George Eliot
(Mary Ann Evans, English Novelist)
Science quotes on:  |  Agreeable (19)  |  Animal (617)  |  Ask (411)  |  Criticism (78)  |  Friend (168)  |  Pass (238)  |  Question (622)

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact.
— George Eliot
(Mary Ann Evans, English Novelist)
Science quotes on:  |  Abstain (7)  |  Bless (25)  |  Blessed (20)  |  Evidence (248)  |  Fact (1212)  |  Give (202)  |  Man (2249)  |  Nothing (969)  |  Say (984)  |  Word (622)

Breed is stronger than pasture.
— George Eliot
(Mary Ann Evans, English Novelist)
Science quotes on:  |  Breed (24)  |  Genetics (101)  |  Pasture (13)  |  Strong (174)  |  Stronger (36)

Examine your words well, and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is a very hard thing to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings—much harder than to say something fine about them which is not the exact truth.
— George Eliot
In Adam Bede (1859, 1860), 151.
Science quotes on:  |  Exact (68)  |  Examine (78)  |  False (100)  |  Feeling (252)  |  Feelings (52)  |  Find (999)  |  Fine (33)  |  Hard (243)  |  Harder (6)  |  Immediate (95)  |  Motive (59)  |  Say (984)  |  Something (719)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Truth (1062)  |  Will (2354)  |  Word (622)

Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.
— George Eliot
In Adam Bede (1859, 1860), 151.
Science quotes on:  |  Difficult (247)  |  Easy (204)  |  Falsehood (28)  |  Truth (1062)

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
— George Eliot
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Science quotes on:  |  Late (118)  |  Never (1087)

It’s but little good you’ll do a-watering the last year’s crop.
— George Eliot
In Adam Bede (1862), 175.
Science quotes on:  |  Crop (25)  |  Do (1908)  |  Good (889)  |  Irrigation (11)  |  Last (426)  |  Little (708)  |  Water (482)  |  Year (932)

I’ve been turning it over in after-dinner speeches, but it looks awkward—it’s not what people are used to—it wants a good deal of Latin to make it go down.
— George Eliot
From Felix Holt: The Radical (1866), Vol. 1, 59.
Science quotes on:  |  Awkward (11)  |  Deal (188)  |  Down (455)  |  Good (889)  |  Latin (38)  |  Look (582)  |  People (1005)  |  Speech (61)  |  Want (497)

Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them.
— George Eliot
In Adam Bede (1859, 1860), 89.
Science quotes on:  |  Dead (59)  |  Forgotten (53)  |  Never (1087)

Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. 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
In Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life (1873), 255.
Science quotes on:  |  Alive (90)  |  Breath (59)  |  Charter (4)  |  Conscience (50)  |  Contest (6)  |  Dogma (48)  |  Give (202)  |  Keep (101)  |  Mistake (170)  |  More (2559)  |  Must (1526)  |  Science (3880)  |  Scrupulous (6)

When God makes his presence felt through us, we are like the burning bush: Moses never took any heed what sort of bush it was—he only saw the brightness of the Lord.
— George Eliot
In Adam Bede (1859), Vol. 1, 167.
Science quotes on:  |  Brightness (12)  |  Burn (87)  |  Burning (48)  |  Bush (9)  |  Feel (366)  |  God (758)  |  Heed (12)  |  Lord (93)  |  Moses (6)  |  Never (1087)  |  Presence (63)  |  Religion (363)  |  Saw (160)  |  See (1082)  |  Sort (49)  |  Through (849)


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