They who are to be judges must also be performers.
There be some men are born only to suck out the poison of books.
Critics are like brushers of noblemen's clothes.
Sir Francis Bacon
A true critic hath one quality in common with a harlot, never to change his title or his nature.
The world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices one so.
Seek roses in December--ice in June;
Hope constancy in wind, or corn in chaff;
Believe a woman or an epitaph,
Or any other thing that's false, before
You trust in critics.
Critics! Appalled I ventured on the name.
Those cutthroat bandits in the paths of fame.
For critics I care the five hundred thousandth part of the tythe of a half-farthing.
A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.
The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all trades.
Nature fits all her children with something to do.
He who would write and can't write, can surely review.
James Russell Lowell
A critic is a man created to praise greater men than himself, but he is never able to fine them.
Richard Le Gallienne
A dramatic critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
George Bernard Shaw
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books involves constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feelings whatever.
One battle doesn't make a campaign, but critics treat one book, good or bad, like a whole war.
Time is the only critic without ambition.
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