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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.


Charles William Eliot

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Don’t speak till you are spoken to.
Myself, I do ...
T.S. ELIOT
In bitter manuscript remarks on other men's notions about solar deities, he had become indifferent t...
GEORGE ELIOT
Doubts raced through my mind as I considered the feasibility of enforcing a law which the majority o...
ELIOT NESS
There will be time, there will be time

To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;...
T.S. ELIOT
Unreal City,
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so ...
T.S. ELIOT
Life isn't worth living unless you're willing to take some big chances and go for broke.
ELIOT WIGGINGTON
The detective story, as created by Poe, is something as specialised and as intellectual as a chess p...
T.S. ELIOT
Where shall the word be found, where will the word Resound?
T.S. ELIOT
The devil tempts us not; 'tis we who tempt him, beckoning his skill with opportunity.
GEORGE ELIOT
The only plan the Administration seems to have for winning the war is that there is no plan and no s...
ELIOT ENGEL
Line up a group of Horace Mann students, interview them, and take a look at their resumes, and you&#...
ELIOT SCHREFER
Colleges accept the highest sub-scores from different administrations. So if a student takes the SAT...
ELIOT SCHREFER
You are literally never alone. While there are roughly 6.7 billion people on Earth, you may not feel...
ELIOT SCHREFER
The most important factor in college admissions is a test that benefits those who are least prepared...
ELIOT SCHREFER
The SAT allows less-privileged students access to universities that previously were the bastions of ...
ELIOT SCHREFER
Calling a book 'young adult' is only important in that it can help get a book to the right r...
ELIOT SCHREFER
A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, know...
GEORGE ELIOT
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice...
T.S. ELIOT
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is fa...
GEORGE ELIOT
Men's men: gentle or simple, they're much of a muchness.
GEORGE ELIOT
We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
GEORGE ELIOT
One soweth and another reapeth is a verity that applies to evil as well as good.
GEORGE ELIOT
But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk...
GEORGE ELIOT
You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.
GEORGE ELIOT
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
GEORGE ELIOT
Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.
GEORGE ELIOT
Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.
GEORGE ELIOT
There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles... but...
GEORGE ELIOT
Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
GEORGE ELIOT
Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love.
GEORGE ELIOT
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an ...
GEORGE ELIOT
The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which w...
GEORGE ELIOT
Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth li...
GEORGE ELIOT
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
GEORGE ELIOT
When we get to wishing a great deal for ourselves, whatever we get soon turns into mere limitation a...
GEORGE ELIOT
One way of getting an idea of our fellow-countrymen's miseries is to go and look at their pleasures.
GEORGE ELIOT
Certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly r...
GEORGE ELIOT
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
GEORGE ELIOT
Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own dep...
GEORGE ELIOT