George Henry Lewes

George Henry

English Author, Philosopher and Critic of Literature

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All great authors are seers.

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

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

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

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

The great desire of this age is for a doctrine which may serve to condense our knowledge, guide our researches, and shape our lives, so that conduct may really be the consequence of belief.

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

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

The history of the race is but that of the individual "writ large".

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

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

The magic of the pen lies in the concentration of your thoughts upon one object.

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.

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English Author, Philosopher and Critic of Literature