Best Quotes about Criticism
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
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.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
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.
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.
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
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
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.
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.
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
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
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.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
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
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
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.
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
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
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.
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!
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
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.
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.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
Critics are already made.
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.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
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.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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.
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.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
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