Thursday, April 28, 2011

George Eliot

The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

(From her greatest novel, Middlemarch.  A few years ago, 125 of the world's most celebrated authors were asked for their "top 10" lists.  Middlemarch ranked #10 -- behind only Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, War and Peace, Lolita, Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, Remembrance of Things Past, and Chekhov's short stories.)

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