Best Quotes about Criticism
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
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.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
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.
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.
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.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
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.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Critics are already made.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
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.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill
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.
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
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
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.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
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.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
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.
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