Best Quotes about Criticism
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
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.
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
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
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.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
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
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
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.
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.
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Auden, W. H.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
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.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
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.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
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.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
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.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.
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
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
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.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
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
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.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
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.
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