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GEORGE HENRY LEWES
English philosopher, critic, dramatist and scientist
(1817 - 1878)

A man may be buoyed up by the efflation of his wild desires to brave any imaginable peril; but he cannot calmly see one he loves braving the same peril; simply because he cannot feel within turn that which prompts another. He sees the danger, and feels not the power that is to overcome it.
      - [Sympathy]

Among the many strange servilities mistaken for piety, one of the least lovely is that which hopes to flatter God by despising the world and villifying human nature.
      - [Piety]

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.
      - [Spring]

Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstances, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. It is character which builds an existence out of circumstance. Our strength is measured by our plastic power. From the same material one man builds palaces, another hovels; one warehouses, another villas.
      - also attributed to Thomas Carlyle
        [Circumstance]

It is not by his faults, but by his excellences, that we must measure a great man.
      - [Greatness]

It is not true that a man can believe or disbelieve what he will. But it is certain that an active desire to find any proposition true will unconsciously tend to that result by dismissing importunate suggestions which run counter to the belief, and welcoming those which favor it. The psychological law, that we only see what interests us, and only assimilate what is adapted to our condition, causes the mind to select its evidence.
      - [Evidence]

No deeply rooted tendency was ever extirpated by adverse judgment. Not having originally been founded on argument, it cannot be destroyed by logic.
      - [Argument]

Not only the individual experience slowly acquired, but the accumulated experience of the race, organized in language, condensed in instruments and axioms, and in what may be called the inherited intuitions--these form the multiple unity which is expressed in the abstract term "experience."
      - [Experience]

Remember that every drop of rain that falls bears into the bosom of the earth a quality of beautiful fertility.
      - [Rain]

Science is the systematic classification of experience.
      - [Science]

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.
      - [Belief]

The history of the race is but that of the individual "writ large."
      - [Man]

Vehemence without feeling is rant.
      - [Vehemence]

Whatever lies beyond the limits of experience, and claims another origin than that of induction and deduction from established data, is illegitimate.
      - [Principles]

Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
      - Physiology of Common Life (ch. XII)
        [Murder]

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
      - Spanish Drama--Life of Lope De Vega
         (ch. II) [Genius]

We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.
      - The Physiology of Common Life (ch. XIII)
        [Law]

And to some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it.
      - The Spanish Drama (ch. III) [Popularity]

To write much, and to write rapidly, are empty boasts. The world desires to know what you have done, and not how you did it.
      - The Spanish Drama (ch. III) [Authorship]

The only cure for grief is action.
      - The Spanish Drama--Life of Lope De Vega
         (ch. II) [Grief]


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