Best Quotes about Criticism
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Man, Paul De
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
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.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
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.
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.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
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.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
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
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
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.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
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
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
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