George Henry Lewes - Quotes

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Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.

Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.

Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.

Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.

Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder, grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them. ---->>>

Science is the systematic classification of experience.

Science is the systematic classification of experience.

Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.

Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.

The only cure for grief is action.

The only cure for grief is action.

Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.

Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.

Sincerity is moral truth.

Sincerity is moral truth.

When a man fails to see the truth of certain generally accepted views, there is no law compelling him to provoke animosity by announcing his dissent. ---->>>

Insight is the first condition of Art. ---->>>

Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent. ---->>>

It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art, executed solely with a view to effect, does succeed by deceiving the public. ---->>>

The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected. ---->>>

Endeavour to be faithful, and if there is any beauty in your thought, your style will be beautiful; if there is any real emotion to express, the expression will be moving. ---->>>

The true function of philosophy is to educate us in the principles of reasoning and not to put an end to further reasoning by the introduction of fixed conclusions. ---->>>

Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols. ---->>>

In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable. ---->>>

If you feel yourself to be above the mass, speak so as to raise the mass to the height of your argument. ---->>>

Sincerity is not only effective and honourable, it is also much less difficult than is commonly supposed. ---->>>

The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse. ---->>>

No man was ever eloquent by trying to be eloquent, but only by being so. ---->>>

We must never assume that which is incapable of proof. ---->>>

All good Literature rests primarily on insight. ---->>>

Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature. ---->>>

Science is not addressed to poets. ---->>>

Good writers are of necessity rare. ---->>>

In all sincere speech there is power, not necessarily great power, but as much as the speaker is capable of. ---->>>

Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress. ---->>>

Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families. ---->>>

The public can only be really moved by what is genuine. ---->>>

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight, or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand. ---->>>

Books minister to our knowledge, to our guidance, and to our delight, by their truth, their uprightness, and their art. ---->>>

The superiority of one mind over another depends on the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised. ---->>>

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed. ---->>>

Imagination is not the exclusive appanage of artists, but belongs in varying degrees to all men. ---->>>

A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet. ---->>>

All great authors are seers. ---->>>

As all Art depends on Vision, so the different kinds of Art depend on the different ways in which minds look at things. ---->>>

Books have become our dearest companions, yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims. ---->>>

Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: April 18, 1817
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Die: November 28, 1878
Occupation: Philosopher
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George Henry Lewes (; 18 April 1817 – 30 November 1878) was an English philosopher and critic of literature and theatre. He became part of the mid-Victorian ferment of ideas which encouraged discussion of Darwinism, positivism, and religious skepticism. However, he is perhaps best known today for having openly lived with Mary Ann Evans, who wrote under the pen-name George Eliot, as soulmates whose life and writings were enriched by their relationship, despite never marrying (wikipedia)