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Silas Marner Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Silas Marner
  1. #1
    “A dull mind ... is rarely able to retain the impression that the notion from which [an] inference started was purely problematic.”
  2. #2
    “There was ... a dreamy feeling that this child was somehow a message come to him from that far-off life.”
  3. #3
    “As the child’s mind was growing into knowledge, his mind was growing into memory.”
  4. #4
    “The love of accumulating money grows an absorbing passion in men whose imaginations, even in the very beginning of their hoard, showed them no purpose beyond it.”
  5. #5
    “It seemed to him that the Power in which he had vainly trusted among the streets and in the prayer-meetings, was very far away from this land in which he had taken refuge.”
  6. #6
    “The money’s gone I don’t know where, and this is come from I don’t know where.”
  1. #7
    “He spread them out in heaps and bathed his hands in them; then he counted them and set them up in regular piles, and felt their rounded outline between his thumb and fingers, and thought fondly of the guineas that were only half-earned by the work in his loom, as if they had been unborn children.”
  2. #8
    “It’s natural he should be disappointed at not having any children: every man likes to have somebody to work for and lay by for, and he always counted so on making a fuss with ‘em when they were little.”
  3. #9
    “To have sought a medical explanation for this phenomenon would have been held by Silas himself, as well as by his minister and fellow-members, a willful self-exclusion from the spiritual significance that might lie therein.”
  4. #10
    “There’s debts we can’t pay like money debts, by paying extra for the years that have slipped by.”
  5. #11
    “When a man turns a blessing from his door, it falls to them as take it in.”
  6. #12
    “Everything comes to light ... sooner or later. When God Almighty wills it, our secrets are found out.”

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  1. #13
    “The past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and the present too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories.”
  2. #14
    “In old days ... angels ... took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction ... the hand may be a little child’s.”
  3. #15
    “Every man’s work ... tends ... to become an end in itself ... to bridge over the loveless chasms of his life.”
  4. #16
    “Formerly, his heart had been as a locked casket with its treasure inside; but now the casket was empty, and the lock was broken.”
  5. #17
    “Perhaps there was hardly a person in the parish who would not have held that to go to church every Sunday in the calendar would have shown a greedy desire to stand well with Heaven, and get an undue advantage over their neighbours.”
  6. #18
    “To people accustomed to reason about the forms in which their religious feeling has incorporated itself, it is difficult to enter into that simple, untaught state of mind in which the form and the feeling have never been severed by an act of reflection.”
  7. #19
    “The weaver’s hand had known the touch of hard-won money even before the palm had grown to its full breadth; for twenty years, mysterious money had stood to him as the symbol of earthly good, and the immediate object of toil.”
  8. #20
    “He would on no account have exchanged those coins, which had become his familiars, for other coins with unknown faces.”
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