George Henry Lewes

George Henry
Lewes
1817
1878

English Author, Philosopher and Critic of Literature

Author Quotes

Good writers are of necessity rare.

Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.

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

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

Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.

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

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

Remember that every drop of rain that falls bears into the bosom of the earth a quality of beautiful fertility.

To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it.

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

Science is not addressed to poets.

To write much, and to write rapidly, are empty boasts. The world desires to know what you have done, and not how you did it.

A man may be buoyed up by the efflation of his wild desires to brave any imaginable peril; but he cannot calmly see one he loves braving the same peril; simply because he cannot feel within turn that which prompts another. He sees the danger, and feels not the power that is to overcome it.

In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.

Shakespeare is a good raft whereon to float securely down the stream of time; fasten yourself to that and your immortality is safe.

We are not judicious in love; we do not select those whom we ought to love, but those whom we cannot help loving.

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

It is not by his faults, but by his excellences, that we measure a great man.

Sincerity is moral truth.

We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.

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

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

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

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.

All good Literature rests primarily on insight.

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First Name
George Henry
Last Name
Lewes
Birth Date
1817
Death Date
1878
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English Author, Philosopher and Critic of Literature