George Henry Lewes

George Henry

English Author, Philosopher and Critic of Literature

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

No deeply rooted tendency was ever extirpated by adverse judgment. Not having originally been founded on argument, it cannot be destroyed by logic.

The moral nature of man is more sacred in my eyes than his intellectual nature. I know they cannot be divorced — that without intelligence we should be Brutes — but it is the tendency of our gaping, wondering dispositions to give pre-eminence to those faculties which most astonish us. Strength of character seldom, if ever, astonishes; goodness, lovingness, and quiet self-sacrifice, are worth all the talents in the world.

Bright April showers will bid again the fresh green leaves expand; and May, light floating in a cloud of flowers, will cause thee to rebloom with magic hand.

No man ever made a discovery (he may have stumbled on one) without the exercise of as much imagination as, employed in another direction and in alliance with other faculties, would have gone to the creation of a poem.

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

Endeavor 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.

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

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

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

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

The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers.

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.

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English Author, Philosopher and Critic of Literature