Quotation by George Eliot

To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.
George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819–1880), British novelist, editor. Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 29 (1866).

Commenting on the hypocrisy and corruption present in politics at the time of the first Reform Bill (1832), real name: Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans.
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