Best Quotes about Criticism
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
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.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
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.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
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.
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.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Simms, William Gilmore
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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 never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
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.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
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.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
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.
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
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
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.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
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.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
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.
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.
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.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
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.
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.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
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 all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Lawrence, D. H.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
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