All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
Ordinary men live among marvels and feel no wonder, grow familiar with objects and learn nothing new about them.
Good writers are of necessity rare.
Insight is the first condition of Art.
If you feel yourself to be above the mass, speak so as to raise the mass to the height of your argument.
All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight, or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.
Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
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.