A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Best Quotes about Criticism
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
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.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
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.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
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.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
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.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
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.
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
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.
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.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
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.
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.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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 never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.
Shee, Sir Martin Archer
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
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.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
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.
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
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
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]
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