first emotion, on the
view of an excellent production, is to undervalue it, will never have
of his own to show.—Aiken.
praise nor blame is
the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to
wisely to prescribe and honestly to award—these are the true aims and
and criticism never
hurt anybody. If false, they can't hurt you unless you are wanting in
character; and if true, they show a man his weak points, and forewarn
against failure and trouble.—Gladstone.
- It is
to criticise an author,
but it is difficult to appreciate him.—Vauvenargues.
- It is
easier to be critical
than to be correct.—Beaconsfield.
- He who
would reproach an author
for obscurity should look into his own mind to see whether it is quite
clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible.—Goethe.
spirit, which, in the garb of learned research, goes prying about the
of history, casting down its monuments, and marring and mutilating its
fairest trophies. Care should be taken to vindicate great names from
pernicious erudition.—Washington Irving.
A man must
time to ev'ry trade,
all are ready-made.