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Walter Pater

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Bell Hooks

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Lionel Trilling

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Margaret Fuller

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Quotes and sayings from famous critics
If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory. William Hazlitt, critic

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for. Alexander Woollcott, critic

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it. Margaret Fuller, critic

If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary for victory. William Hazlitt, critic

Not the fruit of experience but experience itself, is the end. Walter Pater, critic


It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego. Bell Hooks, critic
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The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self. Anatole Broyard, critic

The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious. Lester Bangs, critic
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Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody. John Churton Collins, critic

Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr, critic

In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought. Louis Kronenberger, critic
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In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends. John Churton Collins, critic

The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves. William Hazlitt, critic
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How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true! Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love. William Hazlitt, critic

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. William Hazlitt, critic

Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
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Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. William Hazlitt, critic

Charm is a glow within a woman which casts a most becoming light on others. John Mason Brown, critic

The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses. Walter Benjamin, critic

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright. Walter Benjamin, critic

A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult. John Churton Collins, critic

As is our confidence, so is our capacity. William Hazlitt, critic

Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it. Louis Kronenberger, critic

Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves. William Hazlitt, critic
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Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal. Lionel Trilling, critic

Whiskey has killed more men than bullets, but most men would rather be full of whiskey than bullets. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. William Hazlitt, critic

The most learned are often the most narrow minded. William Hazlitt, critic

The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. Charles Lamb, critic

What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home. William Hazlitt, critic

The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. Pamela Hansford Johnson, critic

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion. Roland Barthes, critic

I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others! William Hazlitt, critic

The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

Reflection makes men cowards. William Hazlitt, critic

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them. William Hazlitt, critic

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking - and looking. Brooks Atkinson, critic

Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. Lionel Trilling, critic

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater. William Hazlitt, critic

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth. Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

Life is the art of being well deceived. William Hazlitt, critic

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember. John Mason Brown, critic

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more. Charles Lamb, critic

Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about. Louis Kronenberger, critic


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