Best Quotes about Criticism
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
Lawrence, D. H.
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.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
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.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
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.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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.
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