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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.
- Hemingway, Ernest
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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.

2.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

3.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

4.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.

5.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

6.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

7.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

8.
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.
Keats, John

9.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

10.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

11.
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.
Chandler, Raymond

12.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

13.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

14.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

15.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Lewis, Sinclair

16.
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.
Sontag, Susan

17.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

18.
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.

19.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

20.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

21.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

22.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

23.
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

24.
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.
Sontag, Susan

25.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

26.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
Wolfe, Thomas

27.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

28.
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

29.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

30.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

31.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

32.
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.
James, Clive

33.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

34.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

35.
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

36.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

37.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

38.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

39.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Picasso, Pablo

40.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

41.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

42.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

43.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

44.
Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Simms, William Gilmore

45.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

46.
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.
Hemingway, Ernest

47.
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

48.
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.
Shee, Sir Martin Archer

49.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

50.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.


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