Best Quotes about Criticism
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
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.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
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.
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.
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.
Critics are already made.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
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.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken
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.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
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
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
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