It is ridiculous for any man to criticise the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances.
It is a maxim with me, that no man was ever written out of a reputation but by himself.
The legitimate aim of criticism is to direct attention to the excellent.—The bad will dig its own grave, and the imperfect may safely be left to that final neglect from which no amount of present undeserved popularity can rescue it.
Criticism is as often a trade as a science; requiring more health than wit, more labor than capacity, more practice than genius.
The pleasure of criticism takes from us that of being deeply moved by very beautiful things.
Is it in destroying and pulling down that skill is displayed?—The shallowest understanding, the rudest hand, is more than equal to that task.
Silence is sometimes the severest criticism.
The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.
It Is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather than its defects.—The passions of men have made it malignant, as the bad heart of Procrustes turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
The strength of criticism lies only in the weakness of the thing criticised.
The opinion of the great body of the reading public, is very materially influenced even by the unsupported assertions of those who assume a right to criticise.
It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through his regions of enchantment without having a critic, forever, like the old man of the sea, upon his back.
Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss.
Get your enemies to read your works in order to mend them; for your friend is so much your second self that he will judge too much like you.
Criticism often takes from the tree caterpillars and blossoms together.
Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism.—Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award—these are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Of all the cants in this canting world, deliver me from the cant of criticism.
It is easy to criticise an author, but difficult to appreciate him.
Criticism is the child and handmaid of reflection.—It works by censure, and censure implies a standard.