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Perfection
Engrave this Quote The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
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Persistence
Engrave this Quote I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
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Perspective
Engrave this Quote Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance! What hymning of cancerous vices may we not languish over as sublimest art in the safe remoteness of a strange language and artificial phrase! Yet we keep a repugnance to rheumatism and other painful effects when presented in our personal experience.
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Poetry
Engrave this Quote Here undoubtedly lies the chief poetic energy: --in the force of imagination that pierces or exalts the solid fact, instead of floating among cloud-pictures.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.
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Portraits
Engrave this Quote Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change --only to give stability to one beautiful moment.
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Poverty
Engrave this Quote It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.
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Praise
Engrave this Quote No compliment can be eloquent, except as an expression of indifference.
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Pride
Engrave this Quote There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.
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Privacy
Engrave this Quote There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
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Professionalism
Engrave this Quote The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
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Prophecy
Engrave this Quote Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.
http://www.princeton.edu/~batke/eliot/middle/mid_10.html
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-George Eliot, Middlemarch, bk. 1, ch. 10, 1872
Proverbial Wisdom
Engrave this Quote In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.
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Purpose
Engrave this Quote What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.
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Engrave this Quote The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
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Reality
Engrave this Quote We must find our duties in what comes to us, not in what might have been.
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Reason
Engrave this Quote Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.
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Relationships
Engrave this Quote The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.
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Repetition
Engrave this Quote Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
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Reverence
Engrave this Quote No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.
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Rivers
Engrave this Quote How lovely the little river is, with its dark changing wavelets! It seems to me like a living companion while I wander along the bank, and listen to its low, placid voice...
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-George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
Silence
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-George Eliot, Felix Holt, ch. 15, 1866

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