Middlemarch by George Eliot

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“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for 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.”

5 thoughts on “Middlemarch by George Eliot

  1. From the end! I love this quote! I have to get my copy of Middlemarch to confirm. Quite the finish.

    On Sun, Jun 9, 2019 at 6:51 PM IMPERFECT PATIENCE wrote:

    > janpriddyoregon posted: ” “But the effect of her being on those around her > was incalculably diffusive: for 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 ” >

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    1. The book was assigned to me by a former student—as I had given her books to read, she believed it was time to hand one to me. I loved it. I have read it twice and plan to read it again later this summer. Yes, well worth it.

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  2. I was asked via email what the quotation means to me. I think it speaks to the influence of ordinary people who have lived decently and altered the world is such small ways that we do not recognize their individual impact at all—they have made others’ lives easier or better, richer or more liberated without themselves being seen as heroic. Our lives are better for their unnoticed existence.

    I feel it speaks back to the conventional notion of heroism as some grand and celebrated action.

    What does it say to you?

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