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George Henry Lewes Quotes and Sayings

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Sincerity is moral truth.
- 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

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

Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress.
- George Henry Lewes

 

The public can only be really moved by what is genuine.
- George Henry Lewes

Books have become our dearest companions,
yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims.
- George Henry Lewes

Language, after all, is only the use of symbols,
and Art also can only affect us through symbols.
- George Henry Lewes

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Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes

Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
- George Henry Lewes

Insight is the first condition of Art.
- George Henry Lewes

Originality is independence, not rebellion;
it is sincerity,
not antagonism.
- George Henry Lewes

All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
- 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

Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.
- George Henry Lewes

Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
- 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

All great authors are seers.
- 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

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

Science is the systematic classification of experience.
- George Henry Lewes

Speak for yourself and from yourself,
or be silent.
- 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

Sincerity is not only effective and honourable,
it is also much less difficult than is commonly supposed.
- George Henry Lewes

A man may be variously accomplished,
and yet be a feeble poet.
- George Henry Lewes

Good writers are of necessity rare.
- George Henry Lewes

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

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

In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.
- 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

The object of Literature is to instruct,
to animate, or to amuse.
- George Henry Lewes

The superiority of one mind over another depends on
the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised.
- George Henry Lewes

Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
- 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

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

We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.
- George Henry Lewes

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

Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
- George Henry Lewes

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever
to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
- Oscar Wilde

The secret of success is sincerity.
- Jean Giraudoux

True country music is honesty, sincerity,
and real life to the hilt.
- Garth Brooks

Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

We will make every effort with utmost sincerity to
achieve a peaceful reunification of the country.
- Hu Jintao

What is the thing that Hollywood demands most? Sincerity.
No place in the world will pay such a high price for this admirable trait.
- Hattie McDaniel

We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage
in speech and earnestness in action.
- Sarojini Naidu

I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism
my experimental technique.
- Edmund White

Sincerity may be humble but she cannot be servile.
- George Byron

Sincerity is like traveling on a plain,
beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to
his journey's end than by-ways,
in which men often lose themselves.
- John Tillotson

We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
- Thomas Fuller

The artist himself may not think he is religious,
but if he is sincere his sincerity in itself is religion.
- Emily Carr

I don't doubt the sincerity of my Democratic friends.
And they should not doubt ours.
- John McCain

Technique is the test of sincerity.
If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say,
it is of inferior value.
- Ezra Pound

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue;
these five are gravity,
generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness,
and kindness.
- Confucius

My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
- Edmond Rostand

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing,
and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
- Oscar Wilde

This is the age of insincerity.
The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century,
and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them.
- Lionel Barrymore

At religious instruction classes, I encountered The
Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan,
and the sincerity of the traveller in that book was overwhelming.
- Lionel Blue

Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and
strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
- Kate Smith

The first step is that the Cambodian government has
expressed sincerity to apologize for what happened.
- Thaksin Shinawatra

Sincerity and the correct use of the voice are the
greatest things in the art of acting.
- Alla Nazimova

The sincerity of the art worker must permeate the song
as naturally as the green leaves break through the
dead branches in springtime.
- Alma Gluck

These critics who crucify me do not guess the littlest part of my sincerity.
They must be burned in a blaze.
I cannot learn from them.
- Zane Grey

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being,
and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.
- James Russell Lowell

Sincerity and competence is a strong combination.
In politics, it is everything.
- Peggy Noonan

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood,
place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have
room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
- Fred Allen

The merit of originality is not novelty;
it is sincerity.
- Thomas Carlyle

The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity;
rather,
the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.
- George Eliot

Sincerity: if you can fake it, you've got it made.
- Daniel Schorr


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