„But,” said Adam, „I’ve seen pretty clear, ever since I was a young un, as religion’s something else besides notions. It isn’t notions sets people doing the right thing–it’s feelings. It’s the same with the notions in religion as it is with math’matics,–a man may be able to work problems straight off in’s head as he sits by the fire and smokes his pipe; but if he has to make a machine or a building, he must have a will and a resolution, and love something else better than his own ease.

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„Nay, nay,” said Adam, broadening his chest and throwing himself back in his chair, as if he were ready to meet all inferences, „nobody has ever heard me say Mr Irwine was much of a preacher. He didn’t go into deep, speritial experience; and I know there’s a deal in a man’s inward life as you can’t measure by the square, and say, ‘do this and that ‘ll follow,’ and, ‘do that and this ‘ll follow.’ There’s things go on in the soul, and times when feelings come into you like a rushing mighty wind, as the Scripture says, and part your life in two a’most, so as you look back on yourself as if you was somebody else. Those are things as you can’t bottle up in a ‘do this’ and ‘do that.

George Eliot – Adam Bede

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