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Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
- Joubert, Joseph
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

2.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

3.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

4.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

5.
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.
Henry Fielding

6.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

7.
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.
Barkley, Charles

8.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

9.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

10.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

11.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

12.
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

13.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

14.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

15.
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.
Johnson, Samuel

16.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

17.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

18.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

19.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

20.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

21.
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.
Connolly, Cyril

22.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

23.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

24.
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
Joubert, Joseph

25.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Carnegie, Dale

26.
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.

27.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

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.
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
Algren, Nelson

30.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

31.
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.

32.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

33.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

34.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

35.
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

36.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

37.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

38.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

39.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

40.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

41.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

42.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

43.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

44.
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
Fiedler, Leslie

45.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius

46.
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.

47.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

48.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

49.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

50.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.
Eliot, T. S.


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