A state of tolerance

“There are few prophets in the world; few sublimely beautiful women; few heroes,” says George Eliot in her novel Adam Bede.

“I can’t afford to give all my love and reverence to such rarities: I want a great deal of those feelings for my every-day fellowmen, especially for the few in the foreground…whose faces I know.”

David Brooks discusses George Eliot, who was born Mary Ann Evans, in his book The Road to Character.

Brooks concludes: “There are limits, (Eliot) teaches, in how much we can change other people or how quickly we can change ourselves. So much of life is lived in a state of tolerance—tolerating other people’s weaknesses and our own sins, even as we try to have some slow, loving effect.”

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