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Criticism

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.
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Sterne, Laurence

2.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

3.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

4.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

5.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

6.
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.
Churchill, Winston

7.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Franklin, Benjamin

8.
We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
Carlyle, Thomas

9.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

10.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

11.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

12.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

13.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

14.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

15.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

16.
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

17.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

18.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

19.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

20.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

21.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Man, Paul De

22.
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

23.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
Coen, Ethan

24.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
James, Henry

25.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

26.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

27.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

28.
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

29.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

30.
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.

31.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

32.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

33.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

34.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

35.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

36.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

37.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
Symons, Arthur

38.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

39.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

40.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

41.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

42.
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

43.
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.
DiCaprio, Leonardo

44.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

45.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

46.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

47.
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.
Melbourne, Lord

48.
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.
Pound, Ezra

49.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

50.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius


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