Oh the comfort inexpressible of feeling

Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.  ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859The quote is widely attributed to George Eliot, but it was actually written by Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik, 1826-1887. It is from Craik’s novel, A Life for a Life, published in 1859, chapter 16.