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We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
- Carlyle, Thomas
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

2.
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
Wilde, Oscar

3.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

4.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

5.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

6.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

7.
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

8.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

9.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

10.
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

11.
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

12.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

13.
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.

14.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

15.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

16.
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

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.
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.

19.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

20.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

21.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

22.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

23.
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.

24.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

25.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

26.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

27.
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

28.
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

29.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

30.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

31.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Galbraith, John Kenneth

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

33.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

34.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

35.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

36.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Eleanor Roosevelt

37.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

38.
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

39.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

40.
We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
Miller, Henry

41.
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

42.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

43.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

44.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

45.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

46.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

47.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

48.
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

49.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

50.
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.
Wilder, Thornton


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