I never read a book I must review, it prejudices you so  

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"I never read a book I must review, it prejudices you so" is a dictum generally attributed to Oscar Wilde.

In fact, it was coined by Sydney Smith (1771–1845) who said "I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so".

But even before that, there was Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799), who said "one of the greatest creations of the human mind is the art of reviewing books without having read them." It comes from his Sudelbuch.

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