Best Quotes about Criticism
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
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