Best Quotes about Criticism
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Auden, W. H.
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.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
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.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
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.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
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.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
Critics are already made.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
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.
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
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
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.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
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
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
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 art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
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.
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.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
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.
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