"The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."George Eliot on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."George Eliot on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."George Eliot on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."George Eliot on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."George Eliot on Thomas Jefferson
"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."