In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’
I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect – in terror.
A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this – that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made – not to understand – but to feel – as crime.
In one case out of a hundred a point is excessively discussed because it is obscure; in the ninety-nine remaining it is obscure because it is excessively discussed.
The generous Critic fann’d the Poet’s fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence.
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.