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‘unhistoric acts’

Recently, I read a Guardian article, which identified the 10 best closing lines from novels, http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/jul/29/10-best-last-novel-lines All were interesting choices, but it was also pertinent to be reminded of the ending of George Eliot’s Middlemarch:
“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
I love this: Eliot reminds us so beautifully about the richness of ordinary lives. We don’t have to be famous or remarkable, lots of unknown people, living an ordinary good life are making the world a better place.

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