Best Quotes about Criticism
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
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.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
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.
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.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
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
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.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.
The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
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.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
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.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
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
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
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.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
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]
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.
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
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