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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge. (1772–1834) (continued)
 
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    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
          Lectures on Shakespeare and Milton, p. 36. Delivered 1811–1812.
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    Schiller has the material sublime.
          Table Talk.
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    I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose,—words in their best order; poetry,—the best words in their best order.
          Table Talk.
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    That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand round the corner of nonsense.
          Table Talk.
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    Iago’s soliloquy, the motive-hunting of a motiveless malignity—how awful it is!
          Notes on some other Plays of Shakespeare.
 
Josiah Quincy. (1772–1864)
 
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    If this bill [for the admission of Orleans Territory as a State] passes, it is my deliberate opinion that it is virtually a dissolution of the Union; that it will free the States from their moral obligation; and, as it will be the right of all, so it will be the duty of some, definitely to prepare for a separation,—amicably if they can, violently if they must. 2
          Abridged Cong. Debates, Jan. 14, 1811. Vol. iv. p. 327.
 
Note 1.
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]
Note 2.
The gentleman [Mr. Quincy] cannot have forgotten his own sentiment, uttered even on the floor of this House, “Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.”—Henry Clay: Speech, Jan. 8, 1813. [back]
 

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