Passing Judgments

Passing Judgments

Passing Judgments

Passing Judgments


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


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.


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.


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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