elizabeth gaskell Quotes

I would far rather have two or three lilies of the valley gathered for me by a person I like, than the most expensive bouquet that could be bought!

- Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters

His laws once broken, His justice and the very nature of those laws bring the immutable retribution; but if we turn penitently to Him, He enables us to bear our punishment with a meek and docile heart, ‘for His mercy endureth forever.

- Elizabeth Gaskell

If Molly had not been so entirely loyal to her friend, she might havethought this constant brilliancy a little tiresome when brought intoevery-day life; it was not the sunshiny rest of a placid lake, it wasrather the glitter of the pieces of a broken mirror, which confusesand bewilders.

- Elizabeth Gaskell

Many a one has been comforted in their sorrow by seeing a good dish come upon the table.

- Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford

A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.

- Elizabeth Gaskell

God is just, and our lots are well portioned out by Him, although none, but He knows the bitterness of our souls.

- Elizabeth Gaskell

Another year passed on . The waves of time seemed long since to have swept away all trace of poor Mary Barton. But her husband still thought of her, although with a calm and quiet grief, in the silent watches of the night :And Mary would start from her hard-earned sleep,and think in her half dreamy, half awakened state, she saw her mother stand by her bed-side ,as she used to do 'in the days of long-ago'; with shaded candle and an expression of ineffable tenderness, while she looked on her sleeping child.

- Elizabeth Gaskell

A wise parent humors the desire for independent action so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.

- Elizabeth Gaskell

People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.

- Elizabeth Gaskell

…everything may be done in a right way or a wrong; the right way is to do it as well as we can, as in God’s sight; the wrong is to do it in a self-seeking spirit, which either leads us to neglect it to follow out some device of our own before and after the doing.

- Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.