Quotable #84: Criticism


A perfect Judge will read each work of Wit
With the same spirit that its author writ;
Survey the whole, nor seek slight faults to find
Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind.

— Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 1711

“It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.” — Benjamin Disraeli, Speech in the House of Commons, January 24, I860

“A wise scepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.” — James Russell Lowell, Among My Books, 1876

“Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.” — John Osborne, Time Magazine, October 31, 1977

“Every category has its snobs: music, books, movies. There are so many things a man is only pressured into liking or disliking.” — Criss Jami, Healology, 2016

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

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