Best Quotes about Criticism
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
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.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
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.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
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
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.
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
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
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.
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.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
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.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
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
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
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.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
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.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
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 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.
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.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
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.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
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.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
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