"In the multitude of middle-aged men who go about their vocations in a daily course determined for them much in the same way as they tie their cravats, there is always a good number who once meant to shape their own deeds and alter the world a little." - George Eliot

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

"It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will have it if they cannot find it." - George Eliot

"What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?" - George Eliot

"Oh, may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again." - George Eliot

"Time, like money, is measured by our needs." - George Eliot

"The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best." - George Eliot

"Hatred is like fire-it makes even light rubbish deadly." - George Eliot

"An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down." - George Eliot

"Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure." - George Eliot

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

"Speech may be barren; but it is ridiculous to suppose that silence is always brooding on a nestful of eggs." - George Eliot

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