Our good depends on the quality and breadth of our emotions.
("Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life")
More Quotes from George Eliot:The tendancy of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.
But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.
The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.
In every parting there is an image of death.
We want people to feel with us more than to act for us.
Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from anything which he may lawfully claim.
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Mostly I am sorry for the way I thought of other people. Like a good general, I had treated everyone who wasn't with me as against me.
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.