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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1228
AUTHOR:George Eliot (1819–80)
QUOTATION:We must not inquire too curiously into motives…. they are apt to become feeble in the utterance: the aroma is mixed with the grosser air. We must keep the germinating grain away from the light.
ATTRIBUTION:GEORGE ELIOT (Mary Ann Evans), Middlemarch, chapter 2, p. 13 (1977). Originally published in 1871–1872.
SUBJECTS:Motives
WORKS:George (Marian Evans Cross) Eliot Collection
 
 
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