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George Eliot

1819-1880. British writer.

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Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.

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It is never too late to be what you might have been.

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I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of literature and speech and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.

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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.

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Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

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Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.

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The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words.

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With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is not a repented error shaken loose from the life: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame.

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Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?

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There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.

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