1806-1870, American Author
He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.
William Gilmore Simms – [Censure]

Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
William Gilmore Simms – [Critics and Criticism]

Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of it is fatal to the best talent.
William Gilmore Simms – [Tact and Tactfulness]

Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.
William Gilmore Simms – [Tears]

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
William Gilmore Simms – [Critics and Criticism]

The only true source of politeness is consideration.
William Gilmore Simms – [Manners]

The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air.
William Gilmore Simms – [Quotations]

The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.
William Gilmore Simms – [Progress]