Quotation by Lewis Carroll

Why, did you ever know a conceited man dare to praise a picture? The one thing he dreads (next to not being noticed) is to be proven fallible! If you once praise a picture, your character for infallibility hangs by a thread. Suppose it's a figure-picture, and you venture to say "draws well." Somebody measures it, and finds one of the proportions an eighth of an inch wrong. You are disposed of as a critic! "Did you say he draws well?" your friends enquire sarcastically, while you hang your head and blush. No. The only safe course, if any one says "draws well," is to shrug your shoulders. "Draws well?" you repeat thoughtfully. "Draws well? Humph!" That's the way to become a great critic!
Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Arthur, Sylvie and Bruno, Macmillan (1889).
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