Aphorisms by author: George Eliot

I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
By theme : Women
Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
By theme : Love
I should like to know, what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
By theme : Women
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
By theme : Knowledge Thought Wisdom
That is the bitterest of all - to wear the yoke of our own wrong-doing.
By theme : Behavior
Humor is also a way of saying something serious.
By theme : Humor
What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
By theme : Feelings
Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
By theme : Vice
Nothing at times is more expressive than silence.
By theme : Feelings
The beauty of a lovely woman is like music.
By theme : Beauty
To manage men one ought to have a sharp mind in a velvet sheath.
By theme : Behavior Psychology Wisdom
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
By theme : Wit
Character is not cut in marble; it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing, and may become diseased as our bodies do.
By theme : Character
Marriage must be a relation either sympathy or of conquest.
By theme : Marriage Relations
What is opportunity to the man who can`t use it? An unfecundated egg, which the waves of time wash away into nonentity.
By theme : Behavior Thought
It is not true that love makes all things easy; it makes us choose what is difficult.
By theme : Love
One must be poor to know the luxury of living.
By theme : Life Wealth
I`m not denying the women are foolish: God Almighty made them to match the men.
By theme : Humor Men Women
Can man or woman choose duties? No more than they can choose their birthplace, or their father and mother.
By theme : Men Relations Women
The early months of marriage often are times of critical tumult, - whether that of a shrimp pool or of deeper water, - which afterwards subside into cheerful peace.
By theme : Marriage Relations
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