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CRITICISM
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Criticism must never be sharpened into anatomy. The delicate veins of fancy may be traced, and the rich blood that gives bloom and health to the complexion of thought be resolved into its elements. Stop there. The life of the imagination, as of the body, disappears when we pursue it.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

One interesting feature of criticism is seen in the ease with which it discovers what Addison called the specific quality of an author. In Livy, it will be the manner of telling the story; in Sallust, personal identification with the character; in Tacitus, the analysis of the deed into its motive. If the same test be applied to painters, it will find the prominent faculty of Correggio to be manifested in harmony of effect; of Poussin, in the sentiment of his landscapes; and of Raffaelle, in the general comprehension of his subject.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
      - Walter Winchell

Critics are like brushers of noblemen's clothes.
      - attributed to Sir Henry Wotton, Apothegms
         (no. 64), by Bacon

Not all on books their criticism waste; the genius of a dish some justly taste, and eat their way to fame.
      - Edward Young


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