14 December 2017

Everybody's a Critic

F. L. Lucas, Style (London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1955), p. 25:
Constantly and incorrigibly we forget how much harder it is to create, even with mediocre results, than to criticize. We can all criticize Napoleon's folly in lingering so late into the autumn at Moscow; but how many of us would ever have got there? I conclude, not that we should fear to criticize frankly, but that it might often be done with rather more modesty by those who have created nothing themselves.
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