Best Quotes about Criticism
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.
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
Critics are already made.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
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.
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
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
Lawrence, D. H.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
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
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
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.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
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
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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]
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
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.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
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.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
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