Quotes by George Henry Lewes (Philosopher/English).

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Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent.
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It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art, executed solely with a view to effect, does succeed by deceiving the public.
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We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.
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Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.
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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.
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Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
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Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.
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Good writers are of necessity rare.
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Imagination is not the exclusive appanage of artists, but belongs in varying degrees to all men.
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Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
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The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.
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The superiority of one mind over another depends on the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised.
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Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
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No man was ever eloquent by trying to be eloquent, but only by being so.
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Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder, grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.
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If you feel yourself to be above the mass, speak so as to raise the mass to the height of your argument.
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A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.
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Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols.
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In all sincere speech there is power, not necessarily great power, but as much as the speaker is capable of.
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Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
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All great authors are seers.
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All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight, or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
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The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected.
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Insight is the first condition of Art.
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All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
• George Henry Lewes

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