Mary Anne (alternatively Mary Ann or Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and known for their realism and psychological insight.
She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot’s life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances.
1. HOLD UP YOUR HEAD! YOU WERE NOT MADE FOR FAILURE, YOU WERE MADE FOR VICTORY. GO FORWARD WITH A JOYFUL CONFIDENCE.”
2. JEALOUSY IS NEVER SATISFIED WITH ANYTHING SHORT OF AN OMNISCIENCE THAT WOULD DETECT THE SUBTLEST FOLD OF THE HEART.
3. ONE MUST BE POOR TO KNOW THE LUXURY OF GIVING.
4. 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.
5. FOR PAIN MUST ENTER INTO ITS GLORIFIED LIFE OF MEMORY BEFORE IT CAN TURN INTO COMPASSION.
6. POETRY AND ART AND KNOWLEDGE ARE SACRED AND PURE.
7. WHAT DESTROYS US MOST EFFECTIVELY IS NOT A MALIGN FATE BUT OUR OWN CAPACITY FOR SELF-DECEPTION AND FOR DEGRADING OUR OWN BEST SELF.
8. ANIMALS ARE SUCH AGREEABLE FRIENDS – THEY ASK NO QUESTIONS, THEY PASS NO CRITICISMS.
9. I AM NOT IMPOSED UPON BY FINE WORDS; I CAN SEE WHAT ACTIONS MEAN.
10. SELFISH- A JUDGMENT READILY PASSED BY THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER TESTED THEIR OWN POWER OF SACRIFICE.
11. OUR DEEDS DETERMINE US, AS MUCH AS WE DETERMINE OUR DEEDS.’
12. NO EVIL DOOMS US HOPELESSLY EXCEPT THE EVIL WE LOVE, AND DESIRE TO CONTINUE IN, AND MAKE NO EFFORT TO ESCAPE FROM.
13. BLESSED IS THE INFLUENCE OF ONE TRUE, LOVING HUMAN SOUL ON ANOTHER.
14. IT IS SURELY BETTER TO PARDON TOO MUCH, THAN TO CONDEMN TOO MUCH.
15. IT IS A NARROW MIND WHICH CANNOT LOOK AT A SUBJECT FROM VARIOUS POINTS OF VIEW.
16. KEEP TRUE. NEVER BE ASHAMED OF DOING RIGHT. DECIDE WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT AND STICK TO IT.
17. AND, OF COURSE MEN KNOW BEST ABOUT EVERYTHING, EXCEPT WHAT WOMEN KNOW BETTER.
18. IT WILL NEVER RAIN ROSES: WHEN WE WANT TO HAVE MORE ROSES, WE MUST PLANT MORE ROSES.
19. IT IS ALWAYS FATAL TO HAVE MUSIC OR POETRY INTERRUPTED.
20. BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO, HAVING NOTHING TO SAY, ABSTAINS FROM GIVING US WORDY EVIDENCE OF THE FACT.
21. 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.
22. WHAT DO WE LIVE FOR, IF IT IS NOT TO MAKE LIFE LESS DIFFICULT FOR EACH OTHER?
23. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN.