Blame is safer than praise.
Best Quotes about Criticism
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
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.
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.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
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.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Critics are already made.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
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
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
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
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
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.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
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.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
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.
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
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.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
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.
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
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