Best Quotes about Criticism
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
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.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Galbraith, John Kenneth
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Lawrence, D. H.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Critics are already made.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
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