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Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
- Dahlberg, Edward
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

2.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

3.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

4.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

5.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

6.
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

7.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

8.
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.

9.
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.
Keats, John

10.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

11.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

12.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

13.
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.
Chandler, Raymond

14.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

15.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

16.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

17.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

18.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

19.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

20.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

21.
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.
Rowland, Helen

22.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward

23.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

24.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

25.
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.
Wilder, Thornton

26.
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

27.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

28.
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.

29.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Franklin, Benjamin

30.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

31.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

32.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

33.
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.
Hemingway, Ernest

34.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

35.
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.
Cartwright, Bill

36.
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
Pound, Ezra

37.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

38.
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.
James, Clive

39.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

40.
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.
Paglia, Camille

41.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

42.
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.
Tynan, Kenneth

43.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
James, Henry

44.
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

45.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

46.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

47.
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

48.
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.
Wilde, Oscar

49.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

50.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline


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