since I posted on here. This morning Jock and I were discussing honest feedback. He quoted this:
Of all the cants in this canting world
the cant of the critic is the hardest to bear.
On Googling to find the source, I realize that he has paraphrased:
“Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world — though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst — the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!” Sterne, Laurence
and then I found this, which is much more to my liking.
“There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labour and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.”