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Criticism

Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
- Chandler, Raymond
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

3.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

4.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill

5.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

6.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

7.
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

8.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

9.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

10.
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

11.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

12.
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
Aragon, Louis

13.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

14.
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

15.
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

16.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Carnegie, Dale

17.
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

18.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

19.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

20.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
Lehman, David

21.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

22.
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

23.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

24.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

25.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

26.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

27.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

28.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

29.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

30.
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

31.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

32.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

33.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

34.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

35.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Picasso, Pablo

36.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

37.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Chandler, Raymond

38.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

39.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
Cartwright, Bill

40.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

41.
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.

42.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

43.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

44.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

45.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
Johnson, Samuel

46.
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

47.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

48.
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

49.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

50.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry


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