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Criticism

Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
- Bruyere, Jean De La
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

2.
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.
Fuller, Margaret

3.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

4.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

5.
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.

6.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

7.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

8.
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

9.
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

10.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

11.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

12.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

13.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

14.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

15.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

16.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

17.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

18.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

19.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

20.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

21.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

22.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Wilde, Oscar

23.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

24.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

25.
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.
Symons, Arthur

26.
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.

27.
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.
Walker, Alice

28.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

29.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius

30.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

31.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

32.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

33.
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.
Frye, Northrop

34.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

35.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

36.
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

37.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

38.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

39.
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

40.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

41.
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

42.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

43.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

44.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

45.
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

46.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

47.
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.
Woolf, Virginia

48.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

49.
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
Algren, Nelson

50.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.


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