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CRITICS
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[ Also see Criticism ]

But you with pleasure own your errors past,
  And make each day a critic on the last.
      - Alexander Pope

Cavil you may, but never criticise.
      - Alexander Pope

Get your enemies to read your works in order to mend them, for your friend is so much your second self that he will judge too like you.
      - Alexander Pope

Let those teach others who themselves excel; and censure freely, who have written well.
      - Alexander Pope

Nor in the critic let the man be lost.
      - Alexander Pope

In the world's affairs there is no design so great or good but it will take twenty wise men to help it forward a few inches; and a single fool can stop it.
      - John Ruskin

Court not the critic's smile nor dread his frown.
      - Sir Walter Scott

If a faultless poem could be produced, I am satisfied it would tire the critics themselves; and annoy the whole reading world with the spleen.
      - Sir Walter Scott

It is necessary a writing critic should understand how to write. And though every writer is not bound to show himself in the capacity of critic, every writing critic is bound to show himself capable of being a writer; for if he be apparently impotent in this latter kind, he is to be denied all title or character in the other.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

For I am nothing if not critical.
      - William Shakespeare

A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
      - George Bernard Shaw

As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Critics must excuse me if I compare them to certain animals called asses, who, by gnawing vines, originally taught the great advantage of pruning them.
      - William Shenstone

A critic must accept what is best in a poet, and thus become his best encourager.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

The critic's first labor is the task of distinguishing between men, as history and their works display them, and the ideals which one and another have conspired to urge upon his acceptance.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

Of all mortals a critic is the silliest; for, inuring himself to examine all things whether they are of consequence or not, never looks upon anything but with a design of passing sentence upon it; by which means he is never a companion, but always a censor.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Grant me patience, just Heaven! Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world--though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst--the cant of criticism is the most tormenting.
      - Laurence Sterne

A true critic, in the perusal of a book, is like a dog at a feast, whose thoughts and stomach are wholly set upon what the guests fling away, and consequently is apt to snarl most when there are the fewest bones.
      - Jonathan Swift

If men of wit and genius would resolve never to complain in their works of critics and detractors, the next age would not know that they ever had any.
      - Jonathan Swift

An over-readiness to criticise or to depreciate a minister of Christ is proof of a lack of devotion to Christ.
      - Henry Clay Trumbull

The man who becomes a critic by trade ceases, in reality, to be one at all.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

It is easy to criticise an author, but it is difficult to appreciate him.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Critics on verse, as squibs on triumphs wait,
  Proclaim their glory, and augment the state;
    Hot, envious, noisy, proud, the scribbling fry
      Burn, hiss, and bounce, waste paper, ink, and die.
      - Edward Young

Hold their farthing candle to the sun.
      - Edward Young


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