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The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

To silence criticism is to silence freedom.

To silence criticism is to silence freedom.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization i

Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to supp

Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

When trying to start a company, your enemy isn't criticism, anger or insult

When trying to start a company, your enemy isn't criticism, anger or insults. Your enemy is apathy.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

The injunction to be nice is used to deflect criticism and stifle the legit

The injunction to be nice is used to deflect criticism and stifle the legitimate anger of dissent.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

As for how criticism of Keats' poetry relates to criticism of my own work,

As for how criticism of Keats' poetry relates to criticism of my own work, I'll leave that for others to decide.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good,

Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sha

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago

I've never really understood the criticism that climbing is inherently self

I've never really understood the criticism that climbing is inherently selfish, since it could equally be argued about virtually any other hobby or sport. Is gardening selfish?
Posted 5 months, 1 week ago