Best Quotes about Criticism
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Simms, William Gilmore
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
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.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
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!
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 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.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
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.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
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.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
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.
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.
Critics are already made.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
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.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
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.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
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.
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.
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.
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