The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Best Quotes about Criticism
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
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.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
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.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
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.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
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
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
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
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.
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!
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
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.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
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.
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.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Critics are already made.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
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]
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
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