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It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
- Baudelaire, Charles
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

2.
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.
Congreve, William

3.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

4.
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Auden, W. H.

5.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
Rosenberg, Harold

6.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

7.
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.
Lehman, David

8.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

9.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

10.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

11.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Sterne, Laurence

12.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

13.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.

14.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

15.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

16.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
Slater, Christian

17.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

18.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

19.
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.
Hemingway, Ernest

20.
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.
Lincoln, Abraham

21.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

22.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Fielding, Henry

23.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

24.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
Tynan, Kenneth

25.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

26.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

27.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

28.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

29.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

30.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

31.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

32.
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.
Johnson, Samuel

33.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]
Rossellini, Isabella

34.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

35.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

36.
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

37.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

38.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

39.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

40.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

41.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

42.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

43.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Kurt Vonnegut

44.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

45.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

46.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

47.
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.
Churchill, Winston

48.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

49.
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.
Melbourne, Lord

50.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John


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