Best Quotes about Criticism
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
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
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
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.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
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.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
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.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
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.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
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.
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.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
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.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Adorno, Theodor W.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
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.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
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.
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.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
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.
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.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
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.
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.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
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
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
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