Monday, 5 October 2015

Worth A Read>> 'Count the Day Lost'



Heylos to all lovely moms, here is my pick for today's Worth A Read! It's not a cross post, or a guest blog by any mommy blogger but a Poem by my personal favourite Mary Ann Evans. She marks the dynamic presence where the world of poetry was dominated by males.  She contributed her works under pen name George Eliot, thinking that the society will take her work more seriously if penned with male name. Nevertheless be it her poem or quotes; all have been very inspiring to me. 

I am sharing one of my favourite works of her which is 'Count the Day Lost'.
 

Count the Day Lost
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) 
If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went --
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay --
If, through it all
You've nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face--
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost --
Then count that day as worse than lost. 

Mary Anne (alternatively Mary Ann or Marian) Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She is the author of seven novels, including Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871–72), and Daniel Deronda (1876), most of them set in provincial England and well known for their realism and psychological insight.
She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure her works would be taken seriously. Female authors were published under their own names during Eliot's life, but she wanted to escape the stereotype of women only writing lighthearted romances. An additional factor in her use of a pen name may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes, with whom she lived for over 20 years.

Her 1872 work, Middlemarch, has been described as the greatest novel in the English language by Martin Amis and Julian Barnes. Read more ...

10 Famous Quotes by George Eliot>>

  1. It is never too late to be what you might have been.
  2. Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
  3. The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
  4. Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
  5. Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
  6. Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
  7. The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.
  8. It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.
  9. There are many victories worse than a defeat.
  10. One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
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