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  1. All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
  2. Sincerity is moral truth.
  3. Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder, grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.
  4. Speak for yourself and from yourself, or be silent.
  5. Books have become our dearest companions, yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims.
  6. Science is the systematic classification of experience.
  7. Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.
  8. Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.
  9. Insight is the first condition of Art.
  10. Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress.
  11. Language, after all, is only the use of symbols, and Art also can only affect us through symbols.
  12. Sincerity is not only effective and honourable, it is also much less difficult than is commonly supposed.
  13. 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.
  14. If you feel yourself to be above the mass, speak so as to raise the mass to the height of your argument.
  15. In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.
  16. Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
  17. Books minister to our knowledge, to our guidance, and to our delight, by their truth, their uprightness, and their art.
  18. The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected.
  19. A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.




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