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One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
- Moliere
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

2.
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

3.
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

4.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

5.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

6.
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

7.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

8.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
Wolfe, Thomas

9.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

10.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

11.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

12.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

13.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

14.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

15.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

16.
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

17.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

18.
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

19.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

20.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

21.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

22.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

23.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

24.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

25.
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

26.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

27.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

28.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

29.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

30.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
Rosenberg, Harold

31.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

32.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

33.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

34.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

35.
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

36.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

37.
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

38.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

39.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

40.
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.
Churchill, Winston

41.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

42.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Barkley, Charles

43.
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

44.
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

45.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

46.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

47.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

48.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

49.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

50.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Hemingway, Ernest


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