Hermann Hesse quotation

7 06 2012

Incompetent critics (who are aggressive because of their uncertainty, because they have always to judge values they cannot feel in essence but can only investigate theoretically and mechanically from outside) like to reproach poets with vanity and hypersensitivity about criticism, even with enmity toward the intellect in general, until in the end the bewildered reader is no longer able to distinguish between the true poet and the idiotic, long-haired poetaster represented in the newspapers and magazines.” (Hermann Hesse – 1930)

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