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A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
- Mizner, Wilson
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

2.
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.
Washington, Denzel

3.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

4.
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

5.
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.
Henry Fielding

6.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

7.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

8.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

9.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

10.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

11.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

12.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

13.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

14.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

15.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

16.
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

17.
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.
Frye, Northrop

18.
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.
Pound, Ezra

19.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

20.
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.

21.
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.
Tynan, Kenneth

22.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

23.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

24.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

25.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

26.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

27.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

28.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

29.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

30.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

31.
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

32.
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

33.
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

34.
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

35.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

36.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

37.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

38.
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.
Johnson, Samuel

39.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

40.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

41.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

42.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

43.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

44.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

45.
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.
Carlyle, Thomas

46.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

47.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

48.
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.

49.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

50.
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.
Aragon, Louis


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