Best Quotes about Criticism
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
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!
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
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.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
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.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
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.
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.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
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.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
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.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
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.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
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
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
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.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
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.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
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
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
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.
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.
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.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
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