Old fashioned preaching from an unfashionable preacher, but I think true:

“To understand a critic, one needs a clear head and a sensitive heart, but not great powers of imagination. To understand a complex work of art, one must be something of an artist oneself. Thus criticism and art, like theology and religion, are basically companions but not always friends. At times they may be enemies.”

–John Gardner, “On Moral Fiction”

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