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Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
The critic ... should be not merely a poet, not merely a philosopher, not merely an observer, but tempered of all three.
The critic is beneath the maker, but is his needed friend. The critic is not a base caviler, but the younger brother of genius. Next to invention is the power of interpreting invention; next to beauty the power of appreciating beauty. And of making others appreciate it.
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