"The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws."
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"It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not."
"Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard."
"Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil."
"If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge"
"A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution."
"If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better."
"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
"I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one."
"As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks."
"Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves."
"Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing."
"What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you."
"The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them."
"Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters."
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do."
"It is much easier to be critical than to be correct."
"Critics are those who have failed in literature and art."
"Blame is safer than praise."
"Critics are already made."
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