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.
Best Quotes about Criticism
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
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.
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Adorno, Theodor W.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
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.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
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.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Critics are already made.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
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
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
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
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
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.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
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.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
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
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.
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
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.
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.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
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.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
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