Best Quotes about Criticism
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.
Shee, Sir Martin Archer
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
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.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
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.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
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.
Simms, William Gilmore
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
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.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
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 aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Adorno, Theodor W.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
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.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
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.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
The text is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
Lawrence, D. H.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.
Eliot, T. S.
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.
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.
Daily Inspirational Quotes on
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by Motivational Quotes.
Quotes on Ability
Acting and actors
Quotes on Advertising
Age and aging
Alcohol and alcoholism
Quotes on Ambition
Quotes on Argument
Quotes on Belief
Books - reading
Bores and boredom
Quotes on Business
Quotes on Choice
Christians and christianity
Colleges and universities
Quotes on Commitment
Communism and socialism
Quotes on Complaints and complaining
Quotes on Contentment
Quotes on Creativity
Crime and criminals
Quotes on Education
Quotes on Evil
Quotes on Experience
Quotes on Family
Quotes on Fiction
Food and eating
Fools and foolishness
Quotes on Forgiveness
Friends and friendship
Quotes on Giving
Quotes on Government
Quotes on Habit
Quotes on Heroes and heroism
History and historians
Quotes on Honor
Quotes on Ideas
Quotes on Intelligence and intellectuals
Journalism and journalists
Judgment and judges
Quotes on Justice
Quotes on Law and lawyers
Quotes on Lies and lying
Quotes on Losers and losing
Quotes on Marriage
Quotes on Mind
Quotes on Motivation
Quotes on Opinions
Parents and parenting
Quotes on Passion
Quotes on People
Philosophers and philosophy
Quotes on Photography
Poetry and poets
Quotes on Possibilities
Poverty and the poor
Quotes on Prayer
Quotes on Procrastination
Quotes on Reality
Quotes on Respectability
Quotes on Secrets
Quotes on Simplicity
Quotes on Speakers and speaking
Quotes on Talent
Taxes and taxation
Quotes on Things and little things
Thoughts and thinking
Quotes on Truth
Quotes on Vision
Winners and winning
Quotes on Wives
Quotes on Worry
Writers and writing
Test your English Language
Upcoming New Cars
Rules to play Broomball
Benefits of Persimmon
Most Stylish Athletes
Best Time Travel Films
Rules to play Ultimate Frisbee
Valentines Day for Kids
What to Eat in Andhra Pradesh
Weirdest Websites That Rock The Web
Best Honeymoon Spots in India
Benefits of Radicchio
Tips to get ready for Study Abroad
Snooker for Beginners
Social Media Networking Sites