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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: English
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In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.

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

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

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

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

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Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder, grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.

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Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.

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Science is not addressed to poets.

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Science is the systematic classification of experience.

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Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent.

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

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The public can only be really moved by what is genuine.

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

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We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.

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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.

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

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Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.

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

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Sincerity is moral truth.

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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.

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The only cure for grief is action.

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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.

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Insight is the first condition of Art.

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It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art, executed solely with a view to effect, does succeed by deceiving the public.

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

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

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Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.

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

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

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

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All good Literature rests primarily on insight.

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All great authors are seers.

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

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

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

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

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Good writers are of necessity rare.

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If you feel yourself to be above the mass, speak so as to raise the mass to the height of your argument.

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

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

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