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George Eliot
1819 - 1880

Victorian novelist, a.k.a. Mary Ann Cross, author of Silas Marner (1861) and Middlemarch (1872)

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

1859 - from Adam Bede
Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact.

from Impressions of Theophrastus Such