Best Quotes about Criticism
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
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!
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
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.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
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
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.
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.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
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.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
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.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
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.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
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.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
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]
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.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
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.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
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