“Middlemarch is a brilliant portrait of both sexes, never more so than in famous coda: “… 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 those who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.””
“I remember stopping to pick up a few groceries — at the unhistoric Stop& Shop in historic Dobbs Ferry — and still I got back to the city by two.”
“This is because, as testified to just above, "the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts.”
“In inspiration, it is part Cobbett's Rural Rides, part Eliot's homage to "unhistoric acts".”
“For without the patient labours of some among them unhistoric history might have long survived in this place, and but for the researches and wandering of others among them, the most preposterous countries, the most impossible peoples, and the absurdest superstitions, manners, and customs, might have usurped the place of truth upon these walls.”
“When there appears, as there appears perpetually in volume after volume of fiction and of serious history, the ridiculously and unhistoric presumption that the English people desired and of their own choice achieved the destruction of religion in England 400 years ago, there is no audible protest.”
“The Church in its early days went fierce and fast with any warhorse; yet it is utterly unhistoric to say that she merely went mad along one idea, like a vulgar fanaticism.”
“Underneath this historic roundhouse now converted into a micro-brewery sits 10 levels of unhistoric parking garage...and possibly a top secret CSIS lab...or not.”
“His room was full of books, always second hand copies that had often been ugly and badly printed when new and had not grown to my unhistoric mind more pleasing from the dirt of some old Dublin bookshop.”
“To his mind, it was overrated—and somewhat unhistoric—as a national ideal.”
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