Thursday, May 24, 2007


Well, I was inspired to read Middlemarch, finally, by a friend who posted good quotes on her blog. I have tried to read it probably close to 5 times, but never mangaged to get into it. It does take a long time to get into, and if you're looking for a fast, tight plot, it might not grip you, but it does grip, somehow. George Eliot has an amazing way of understanding humans and capturing it in such a distinct manner.

So, some quotes to whet your appetite too:

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity. (225)

Will not the tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self. (478)

and more to follow.


The Wayward Budgeter said...

Those are great quotes.

Anonymous said...

Hurrah for Middlemarch! I love the quote about the self - George Eliot really was in tune with human nature. I hope you enjoy the book! I'll be a bit behind you - I've got a long list of "to reads" before I get back to Middlemarch.