Happy Birthday, George Eliot – Selected Quotes


Today marks the birthday of famed Victorian novelist, George Eliot. Writing at a time when sexism was rife, Eliot undertook a male pseudonym in order to be taken seriously as a novelist. She gave us brilliant novels such as Silas Marner and Middlemarch, books that are still read and revered today.

To celebrate her birthday, we have put together some brilliant quotes from the novelist herself, along with quotes from some of her famed works.


Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.


We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover


“To be a poet is to have a soul so quick to discern, that no shade of quality escapes it, and so quick to feel, that discernment is but a hand playing with finely-ordered variety on the chords of emotion–a soul in which knowledge passes instantaneously into feeling, and feeling flashes back as a new organ of knowledge.”


Poetry and art and knowledge are sacred and pure.

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