What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Best Quotes about Criticism
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
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 good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
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!
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
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.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
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.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
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
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.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken
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.
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
Critics are already made.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
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.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
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.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
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.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
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