Best Quotes about Criticism
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
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.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
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.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
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.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
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
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.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
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.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
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.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
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.
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.
Shee, Sir Martin Archer
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.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Lawrence, D. H.
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!
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.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Adorno, Theodor W.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
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.
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