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Criticism

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
- Edwards, Tryon
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

2.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

3.
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.

4.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

5.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
Sontag, Susan

6.
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.

7.
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

8.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

9.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Congreve, William

10.
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.

11.
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.
Shee, Sir Martin Archer

12.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

13.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

14.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

15.
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.

16.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

17.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

18.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

19.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

20.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
Symons, Arthur

21.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

22.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

23.
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

24.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

25.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

26.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David

27.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

28.
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.
Miller, Henry

29.
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!
Sterne, Laurence

30.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

31.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

32.
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.
Johnson, Samuel

33.
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

34.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

35.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

36.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

37.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

38.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

39.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

40.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

41.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

42.
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

43.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

44.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

45.
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
Ironside, H. A.

46.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

47.
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.
Henry Fielding

48.
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.
DiCaprio, Leonardo

49.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

50.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.


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