People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.
("Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life")
More Quotes from George Eliot:To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.
We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born.
The yoke a man creates for himself by wrong-doing will breed hate in the kindliest nature . . .
Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts-not to hurt others.
It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.
The presence of a noble nature, generous in its wishes, ardent in its charity, changes the lights for us we begin to see things again in their larger, quieter masses, and to believe that we too can be seen and judged in the wholeness of our character.
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The lie is a condition of life.
Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
Honore de Balzac