Tuesday, January 17, 2012

George Elliot

"Given, a man of moderate intellect, a moral standard not higher than the average, some rhetorical affluence and great glibness of speech, what is the career in which, without the aid of birth or money, he may most easily attain power and reputation? Let such a man become an evangelical preacher; he will find it possible to reconcile small ability with great ambition, superficial knowledge with the prestige of erudition, a middling morale with a high reputation for sanctity." Evangelical Teaching

"Like the writer of imaginary conversations, he may put whatever imbecilities he pleases into the mouths of his antagonists, and swell with triumph when he has refuted them." Ibid

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