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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
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

2.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

3.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

4.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

5.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

6.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

7.
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

8.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

9.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

10.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

11.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

12.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

13.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

14.
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

15.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

16.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

17.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

18.
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.
Sontag, Susan

19.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

20.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Galbraith, John Kenneth

21.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

22.
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

23.
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.
Eleanor Roosevelt

24.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Lewis, Sinclair

25.
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.

26.
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

27.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

28.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

29.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

30.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

31.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

32.
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.

33.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Woolf, Virginia

34.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

35.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

36.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

37.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

38.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Congreve, William

39.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

40.
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

41.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

42.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

43.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

44.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
Sinha, Shall

45.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

46.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

47.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Picasso, Pablo

48.
The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
Gibbon, Edward

49.
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.
Sontag, Susan

50.
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.
Wilde, Oscar


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