Quotation by Samuel Butler

Critics generally come to be critics not by reason of their fitness for this, but of their unfitness for anything else. Books should be tried by a judge and jury as though they were a crime, and counsel should be heard on both sides.
Samuel Butler (1835–1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 111, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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