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In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
- Carruthers, Charles Edwin
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

2.
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

3.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

4.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

5.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

6.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

7.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

8.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

9.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

10.
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.

11.
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

12.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

13.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

14.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
Washington, Denzel

15.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

16.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

17.
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

18.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

19.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Hemingway, Ernest

20.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

21.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.

22.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

23.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

24.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

25.
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]
Rossellini, Isabella

26.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.

27.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

28.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

29.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

30.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe

31.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

32.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
James, Clive

33.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

34.
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.

35.
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

36.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

37.
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

38.
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.
Churchill, Winston

39.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

40.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

41.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

42.
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

43.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

44.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

45.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Barkley, Charles

46.
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

47.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
James, Henry

48.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

49.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

50.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset


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