Mary Ann Evans was the foremost woman novelist of her time, e.g., "Silas Marner," 1861.
It is generally a feminine eye that first detects the moral deficiencies hidden under the 'dear deceit' of beauty.
It is possible to have a strong self-love without any self-satisfaction, rather with a self-discontent which is the more intense because one's own little core of egoistic sensibility is a supreme care.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.