Sometimes they buoy us, other times they bound us, but our beliefs are always in play when we dream. A shorthand way to pinpoint what we believe is to look at the quotes we’ve collected, including lyrics from songs, passages from books. Below are the passages I underlined from Daniel Deronda by George Eliot which I just finished reading: thanks to Leslie Graff for the book recommendation.
That I may live to be one of the best women, who make others glad that they were born.
The fuller nature desires to be an agent, to create, and not merely to look on.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
In reading unwelcome news, instead of hearing it, there is the advantage that one avoids a hasty expression of impatience which may afterwards be repented of.
Receptiveness is a rare and massive power.
It is good to be unselfish and generous; but don’t carry that too far. It will not do to give yourself to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow-trade; you must know where to find yourself.
The best augury of success in a man’s profession is that he thinks it the best in the world.
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
What sort of earth or heaven would hold any spiritual wealth in it for souls pauperised by inaction?
Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning.
This final quote is not necessarily inspiring. But it is illuminating on the topic of women and ambition, especially given how the plot unfolds and that Daniel Deronda was published in 1876.
Her uncle’s intention *** What books have you read lately? Which passages did you underline? How do they influence your dreaming?
What books have you read lately? Which passages did you underline? How do they influence your dreaming?