But indefinite visions of ambition are weak against the ease of doing what is habitual or beguilingly agreeable; and we all know the difficulty of carrying out a resolve when we secretly long that it may turn out to be unnecessary. In such states of mind the most incredulous person has a private leaning towards miracle: impossible to conceive how our wish could be fulfilled, still - very wonderful things have happened!
("Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life")
More Quotes from George Eliot:When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
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 recipe.
Our instructed vagrancy, which has hardly time to linger by the hedgerows, but runs away early to the tropics, and is at home with palms and banyans which is nourished on books of travel, and stretches the theatre of its imagination to the Zambesi.
For pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion.
After all, people may really have in them some vocation which is not quite plain to themselves, may they not? They may seem idle and weak because they are growing. We should be very patient with each other, I think.
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