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The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
- Paglia, Camille
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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.

2.
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

3.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Chandler, Raymond

4.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

5.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Franklin, Benjamin

6.
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.
Keats, John

7.
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
Hemingway, Ernest

8.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

9.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

10.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

11.
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.

12.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

13.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

14.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

15.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
James, Henry

16.
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

17.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

18.
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!
Sterne, Laurence

19.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

20.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

21.
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.
Lewis, Sinclair

22.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

23.
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

24.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

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

26.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
Symons, Arthur

27.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

28.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

29.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

30.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

31.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

32.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

33.
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

34.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

35.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

36.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Sontag, Susan

37.
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

38.
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

39.
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.
Miller, Henry

40.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

41.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

42.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

43.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

44.
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

45.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

46.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

47.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

48.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
Coen, Ethan

49.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

50.
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
Ironside, H. A.


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