“It is too splendid to be sane. Those of whose lives it forms the dominant note will always seem to the world to be pure visionaries.
Ernest. Well, at least, the critic will be sincere.
Gilbert. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
The true critic will, indeed, always be sincere in his devotion to the principle of beauty, but he will seek for beauty in every age and in each school, and will never suffer himself to be limited to any settled custom of thought or stereotyped mode of looking at things.”