Best Quotes about Criticism
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
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.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
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.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
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.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build 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.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
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
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
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.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
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.
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.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
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.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
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.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
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.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
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