Best Quotes about Criticism
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
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.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.
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.
Critics are already made.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
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.
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
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.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
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.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
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.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
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
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
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.
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.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
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