Nuggets of Wisdom Gleaned from the Fertile Mind of George Eliot. (for the People)

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Most Americans at some point in their school days read (or were supposed to have read) George Eliot's short and sad Silas Marner. If they were lucky they later picked up and read her much longer Middlemarch, one of the world's great novels.

Eliot, whose real name was Mary Ann Evans, lived from 1819 to 1880 and was a master at summing up, in very few words, what was on her fertile and wide-ranging mind. Here are some examples.

* "If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like heating the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence."

* "If art does not enlarge men's sympathies, it does nothing morally."

* "Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love."

* "He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow."

* "We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves. …