|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Taylor Coleridge (17721834)|
|QUOTATION:||Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, if they could; they have tried their talents at one or the other, and have failed; therefore they turn critics. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Lectures on Shakespeare and Milton, p. 36. Delivered 18111812.|
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.Percy Bysshe Shelley: Fragments of Adonais.
You know who critics are? The men who have failed in literature and art.Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield): Lothair, chap. xxxv. [back]