George Henry Lewes Quotes

Who is George Henry Lewes?

George Henry Lewes was an English philosopher and critic of literature and theatre. Lewes lived together with Mary Ann Evans, better known as author George Eliot.

Born April 18, 1817
Died November 30, 1878

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Best 21 Quotes by George Henry Lewes

“Character is built out of circumstances. From exactly the same materials, one man builds palaces, while another builds hovels.”

George Henry Lewes

On Actors and the Art of Acting Quotes

“Bad acting, like bad writing, has a remarkable uniformity, whether seen on the French, German, or English stages; it all seems modeled after two or three types, and those the least like types of good acting. The fault generally lies less in the bad imitation of a good model, than in the successful imitation of a bad model.”

George Henry Lewes
On Actors and the Art of Acting

Physiology of Common Life Quotes

“A cell is regarded as the true biological atom.”

George Henry Lewes
Physiology of Common Life

“We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.”

George Henry Lewes
Physiology of Common Life

The Principles of Success in Literature Quotes

“A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.”

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

“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.”

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

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

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

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

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

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

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

“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
The Principles of Success in Literature

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

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

“Good writers are of necessity rare.”

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

“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
The Principles of Success in Literature

“In all sincere speech there is power, not necessarily great power, but as much as the speaker is capable of.”

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

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“Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.”

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

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

George Henry Lewes
The Principles of Success in Literature

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

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“I am suspicious without a motive, and jealous without love; although I feel I ought to love since I desire to be loved.”

George Henry Lewes
The Spanish Drama

“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
The Spanish Drama

“The only cure for grief is action.”

George Henry Lewes
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“To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it.”

George Henry Lewes
The Spanish Drama