George Eliot quote about wish from The Mill on the Floss - we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive.
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we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive.
 George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860). copy citation

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Author George Eliot
Source The Mill on the Floss
Topic wish living longing
Date 1860
Language English
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“Our life is determined for us; and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us, and doing what is given us to do.»
«But I can't give up wishing,» said Philip, impatiently. «It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. How can we ever be satisfied without them until our feelings are deadened? I delight in fine pictures; I long to be able to paint such.” source

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