Passing Judgments

Passing Judgments

Passing Judgments

Passing Judgments

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It is the mark of the very young critic to regard praise as a symptom of weakness.

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The tolerance that often comes to a critic in his later years is simply the result of a belated consciousness of the complete and utter unimportance of nine-tenths of the persons and performances he is brought to criticize. Its synonym is indifference.

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The quality of a critic is best to be appraised by the quality of his enemies. To analyze his worth it is only necessary to analyze the worth of those who detest him.

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To demand a consistent and invariable dignity of criticism is ridiculous. There is a place for dignity and a place for low roughhouse. What is more absurd than a dignified and austere approach to rubbish?

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