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Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
- Burns, Robert
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

3.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

4.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

5.
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

6.
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.

7.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

8.
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

9.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

10.
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.

11.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

12.
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

13.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

14.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

15.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

16.
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

17.
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!
Meir, Golda

18.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

19.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

20.
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

21.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

22.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

23.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Lawrence, D. H.

24.
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.
Rowland, Helen

25.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

26.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

27.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

28.
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.

29.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

30.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
Dahlberg, Edward

31.
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
Paglia, Camille

32.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

33.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

34.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

35.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

36.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

37.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

38.
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

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.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

41.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

42.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

43.
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

44.
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.
Keats, John

45.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

46.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

47.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

48.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

49.
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

50.
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.
Gibbon, Edward


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