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It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
- Chandler, Raymond
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

2.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

3.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

4.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

5.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

6.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

7.
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

8.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

9.
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

10.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

11.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

12.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

13.
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.

14.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore

15.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

16.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

17.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

18.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

19.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

20.
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.

21.
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.
Sontag, Susan

22.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

23.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

24.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

25.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

26.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

27.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

28.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

29.
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

30.
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
Pound, Ezra

31.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

32.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

33.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

34.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

35.
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

36.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

37.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

38.
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.

39.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

40.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

41.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

42.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

43.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

44.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

45.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

46.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Chandler, Raymond

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

48.
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

49.
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

50.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie


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