The Writings of George Eliot: George Eliot's life as related in her letters and journals

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1908

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The third (Janet's Repentance) of the three stories which make up Scenes of Clerical Life is in this volume, as is a 60-page story by Eliot called The Lifted Veil. Janet's Repentance is a didactical ... Читать весь отзыв

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Стр. 288 - There is One great society alone on earth: The noble Living and the noble Dead.
Стр. 205 - Desiring this man's art, and that man's scope, With what I most enjoy contented least ; Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, Haply I think on thee, and then my state, Like to the lark at break of day arising From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate : For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
Стр. 289 - Tis not in battles that from youth we train The governor who must be wise and good, And temper with the sternness of the brain Thoughts motherly, and meek as womanhood. Wisdom doth live with children round her knees : Books, leisure, perfect freedom, and the talk Man holds with week-day man in the hourly walk Of the mind's business : these are the degrees By which true sway doth mount ; this is the stalk True power doth grow on ; and her rights are these.
Стр. 101 - Tis that compels the elements, and wrings A human music from the indifferent air. The greatest gift the hero leaves his race Is to have been a hero.
Стр. 294 - I had but one regret in seeing the sublime beauty of the Grande Chartreuse. It was that the Pater had not seen it. I would still give up my own life willingly if he could have the happiness instead of me. But marriage has seemed to restore me to my old self. I was getting hard, and if I had decided differently, I think I should have become very selfish.
Стр. 316 - It was often in her mind and on her lips that the only worthy end of all learning, of all science, of all life, in fact, is, that human beings should love one another better. Culture merely for culture's sake can never be anything but a sapless root, capable of producing at best a shrivelled branch. In her general attitude towards life, George Eliot was neither optimist nor pessimist. She held to the middle term, which she invented for herself, of
Стр. 7 - Amid the groves, beneath the shadowy hills, The generations are prepared ; the pangs, The internal pangs are ready ; the dread strife Of poor humanity's afflicted will Struggling in vain with ruthless destiny.
Стр. 240 - My function is that of the (esthetic, not the doctrinal teacher — the rousing of the nobler emotions, which make mankind desire the social right, not the prescribing of special measures, concerning which the artistic mind, however strongly moved by social sympathy, is often not the best judge. It is one thing to feel keenly for one's fellow-beings ; another to say, " This step, and this alone, will be the best to take for the removal of particular calamities.
Стр. 228 - My work is mine, And, heresy or not, if my hand slacked I should rob God - since He is fullest good Leaving a blank instead of violins. I say, not God Himself can make man's best Without best men to help Him.
Стр. 114 - Stoff to be picked up by watching or listening. The saddest thing to be witnessed is the play of a young lady, who is only twenty-six years old, and is completely in the grasp of this mean, money-making demon.

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