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The covers of this book are too far apart.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) U.S. writer of detective fiction.

To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism should be partial, passionate and political, that is to say, written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons.

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) French poet.

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.


Critics are already made.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.