George Henry Lewes

George Henry Lewes
George Henry Lewes
  • Born: April 18, 1817
  • Died: November 28, 1878
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Philosopher









George Henry Lewes was an English philosopher and critic of literature and theatre. He was also an amateur physiologist. American feminist Margaret Fuller is known to have called Lewes a "witty, French, flippant sort of man". He became part of the mid-Victorian ferment of ideas which encouraged discussion of Darwinism, positivism, and religious skepticism. However, he is perhaps best known today for having openly lived with Mary Ann Evans, who wrote under the pen name George Eliot, as soulmates whose lives and writings were enriched by their relationship, though they never married each other.

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A man must be himself convinced if he is to convince others. The prophet must be his own disciple, or he will make none. Enthusiasm is contagious: belief creates belief. Leaders & Leadership
It is impossible to deny that dishonest men often grow rich and famous, becoming powerful in their parish or in parliament. Their portraits grace shop windows; and they live and die respected. This success is theirs; yet it is not the success which a noble soul will envy. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is not by his faults, but by his excellences, that we measure a great man. Leaders & Leadership
Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The opinion of the majority is not lightly to be rejected; but neither is it to be carelessly echoed. Public Opinion & Polling
To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it. Leaders & Leadership
We must never assume that which is incapable of proof. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.
All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight, or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
All great authors are seers.
As all Art depends on Vision, so the different kinds of Art depend on the different ways in which minds look at things. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Books have become our dearest companions, yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims.
Books minister to our knowledge, to our guidance, and to our delight, by their truth, their uprightness, and their art. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Truth ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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.
Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.
Good writers are of necessity rare.
If you feel yourself to be above the mass, speak so as to raise the mass to the height of your argument.
Imagination is not the exclusive appanage of artists, but belongs in varying degrees to all men.
In all sincere speech there is power, not necessarily great power, but as much as the speaker is capable of. Power
In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.
Insight is the first condition of Art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art, executed solely with a view to effect, does succeed by deceiving the public. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
No man was ever eloquent by trying to be eloquent, but only by being so.
Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder, grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.
Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism. Independence
Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Science is not addressed to poets. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Science is the systematic classification of experience. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Sincerity is moral truth. Truth
Sincerity is not only effective and honourable, it is also much less difficult than is commonly supposed.
Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent.
The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected. Success
The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.
The only cure for grief is action. Sympathy
The public can only be really moved by what is genuine.
The superiority of one mind over another depends on the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised.
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.
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. Truth