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Criticism

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
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

2.
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

3.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

4.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

5.
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.
Smullyan, Raymond

6.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

7.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

8.
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

9.
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.
Lehman, David

10.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

11.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

12.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

13.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

14.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

15.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

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.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

18.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

19.
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.
Hemingway, Ernest

20.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

21.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

22.
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

23.
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

24.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

25.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

26.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

27.
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.

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.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

30.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

31.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

32.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

33.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
Sinha, Shall

34.
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.

35.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

36.
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.

37.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

38.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

39.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

40.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

41.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

42.
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

43.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

44.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

45.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

46.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

47.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

48.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Eleanor Roosevelt

49.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

50.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell


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