Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


I am nothing if not critical.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act II. Scene 1. (Iago to Desdemona.)

Blame where you must, be candid where you can,
And be each critic the good-natured man.
Goldsmith.—Epi. to “Good-natured man.”

Ah, ne’er so dire a thirst of glory boast,
Nor in the critic let the man be lost.
Pope.—Essay on Criticism, Part II. Line 523.

Critics indeed are valuable men,
But hyper-critics are as good again.
Jas. Bramston.—The Man of Taste.

Sleeping, talking, and laughing, are qualities sufficient to furnish out a critic.
Swift.—Sermon 10.

He wreathed the rod of criticism with roses.
Disraeli.—On Bayle.

But his hand drops no flowers.
Disraeli.—Curiosities of Lit. Vol. I. Page 15. (Comparing Le Clerc with Bayle.)

Who high in letter’d reputation sit,
And hold, Astrea-like, the scales of wit.
Churchill.—The Apology, Line 11.