Best Quotes about Criticism
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
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 avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
The text is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
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
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.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
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.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.
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.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
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'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
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