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Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

German proverb

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.


In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845) American poet, critic, and short-story writer.

It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.

Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980) Canadian communications theorist and educator.

Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) British novelist and philosopher.

Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.