12 Inspiring Quotes by George Eliot

  1. Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
  2. Hold up your head! You were not made for failure; you were made for victory. Go forward with joyful confidence.
  3. Keep true. Never be ashamed of doing right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it.
  4. One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
  5. Pride helps, and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts — not to hurt others.
  6. The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
  7. It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
  8. Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
  9. It is good to be unselfish and generous, but don’t carry that too far. It will not do to give yourself to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow-trade; you must know where to find yourself.
  10. Be courteous, be obliging, but don’t give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade.
  11. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
  12. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.