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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Middlemarch.

Marriage Quotes

A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards. (1.9.1)

Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes

We do not expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual. (2.20.6)

Women and Femininity Quotes

In short, woman was a problem which, since Mr. Brooke's mind felt blank before it, could be hardly less complicated than the revolutions of an irregular solid. (1.4.59)

Science Quotes

Mr Brooke wondered, and felt that women were an inexhaustible subject of study, since even he at his age was not in a perfect state of scientific prediction about them! (1.4.49)

Dissatisfaction Quotes

For a long while she had been oppressed by the indefiniteness which hung in her mind, like a thick summer haze, over all her desire to make her life greatly effective. What could she do, what ought...

Dreams, Hopes, Plans Quotes

Signs are small measurable things, but interpretations are illimitable, and in girls of sweet, ardent nature, every sign is apt to conjure up wonder, hope, belief, vast as a sky, and coloured by a...

Society and Class Quotes

[…] a social life which seemed nothing but a labyrinth of petty courses, a walled-in maze of small paths that led no whither, the outcome was sure to strike others as at once exaggeration and...

Literature and Writing Quotes

I at least have so much to do in unraveling certain human lots, and seeing how they were woven and interwoven, that all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web, and not...

Spirituality Quotes

All the while her thought was trying to justify her delight in the colours by merging them in her mystic religious joy. (1.1.36)
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