"But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."George Eliot on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."George Eliot on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."George Eliot on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."George Eliot on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."George Eliot on Mark Twain
"Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love."
"You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know."
"The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best."
"There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows."
"I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best."