Quotes by George Henry Lewes

Sincerity is moral truth.
- George Henry Lewes
All great authors are seers.
- George Henry Lewes
The only cure for grief is action.
- George Henry Lewes
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Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes
Good writers are of necessity rare.
- George Henry Lewes
Insight is the first condition of Art.
- George Henry Lewes
All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
- George Henry Lewes
Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent.
- George Henry Lewes
In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.
- George Henry Lewes
We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.
- George Henry Lewes
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Science is the systematic classification of experience.
- George Henry Lewes
The public can only be really moved by what is genuine.
- George Henry Lewes
Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
- George Henry Lewes
Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
- George Henry Lewes
A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.
- George Henry Lewes
Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.
- George Henry Lewes
The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.
- George Henry Lewes
Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress.
- George Henry Lewes
Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
- George Henry Lewes
Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.
- George Henry Lewes
Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
- George Henry Lewes
No man was ever eloquent by trying to be eloquent, but only by being so.
- George Henry Lewes
Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.
- George Henry Lewes
Books have become our dearest companions, yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims.
- George Henry Lewes
Imagination is not the exclusive appanage of artists, but belongs in varying degrees to all men.
- George Henry Lewes
Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols.
- George Henry Lewes
If you feel yourself to be above the mass, speak so as to raise the mass to the height of your argument.
- George Henry Lewes
Sincerity is not only effective and honourable, it is also much less difficult than is commonly supposed.
- George Henry Lewes
The superiority of one mind over another depends on the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised.
- George Henry Lewes
In all sincere speech there is power, not necessarily great power, but as much as the speaker is capable of.
- George Henry Lewes
Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder, grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.
- George Henry Lewes
All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight, or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes
Books minister to our knowledge, to our guidance, and to our delight, by their truth, their uprightness, and their art.
- George Henry Lewes
As all Art depends on Vision, so the different kinds of Art depend on the different ways in which minds look at things.
- George Henry Lewes
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
- George Henry Lewes
The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected.
- George Henry Lewes
It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art, executed solely with a view to effect, does succeed by deceiving the public.
- George Henry Lewes
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.
- George Henry Lewes
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.
- George Henry Lewes
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.
- George Henry Lewes