Best Quotes about Criticism
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.
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.
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
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
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.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
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!
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
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.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David
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
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
Ironside, H. A.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
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.
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
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.
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.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
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.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
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.
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