We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
Best Quotes about Criticism
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
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
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
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.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
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
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
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.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
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, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
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
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
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
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
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.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
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.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
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.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
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.
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.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
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