The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Best Quotes about Criticism
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
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.
Critics are already made.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
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.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
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.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
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.
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
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 louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
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
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
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.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
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.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
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.
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.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
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.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Lawrence, D. H.
The text is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill
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
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