When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman
There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
There is, however, nothing wanting to the idleness of a philosopher but a better name, and that meditation, conversation, and reading should be called work.