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Date: 1860

"I see - I feel their trouble now: it is as if it were branded on my mind. - I have suffered and had no one to pity me - and now I have made others suffer."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1860

"Since yesterday, that inward vision of her which perpetually made part of his consciousness, had been half-screened by the image of Philip Wakem which came across it like a blot."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1860

"Jealousy is never satisfied with anything short of an omniscience that would detect the subtlest fold of the heart."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1860

"Let a prejudice be bequeathed, carried in the air, adopted by hearsay, caught in through the eye - however it may come, these minds will give it a habitation: it is something to assert strongly and bravely, something to fill up the void of spontaneous ideas, something to impose on others with th...

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1860

"Some low, subdued, languid exclamation of love came from Stephen frorn time to time, as he went on rowing idly, half automatically: otherwise, they spoke no word; for what could words have been, but an inlet to thought?"

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1860

"Such things, uttered in low broken tones by the one voice that has first stirred the fibre of young passion, have only a feeble effect -- on experienced minds at a distance from them."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1860

"There was a moment of utter bewilderment before her mind could get disentangled from the confused web of dreams; but soon the whole terrible truth urged itself upon her"

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: 1860

"We can only choose whether we will indulge ourselves in the present moment or whether we will renounce that for the sake of obeying the divine voice within us -- for the sake of being true to all the motives that sanctify our lives."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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Date: April 1861

"My heart is like a rainbow shell / That paddles in a halcyon sea."

— Rossetti, Christina (1830-1894)

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Date: 1871-2, 1874

"For the most glutinously indefinite minds enclose some hard grains of habit; and a man has been seen lax about all his own interests except the retention of his snuffbox, concerning which he was watchful, suspicious, and greedy of clutch."

— Eliot, George (1819-1880)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.