Best Quotes about Criticism
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
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.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
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.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
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.
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.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
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.
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
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
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Auden, W. H.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
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.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
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!
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.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
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