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Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer, poet, and physician.

God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge''

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker and motivational writer.

The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.

John Updike (1932-?) American writer.


It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.

Unknown Source

Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

Unknown Source

A louse in the locks of literature.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) British poet.

No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) British poet.

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.