Best Quotes about Criticism
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
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
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
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.
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
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
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.
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
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
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.
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
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
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.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
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.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
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.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
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.
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.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
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.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
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.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
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.
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.
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
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
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
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.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
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