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Criticism

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.
- Pound, Ezra
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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.
Wilde, Oscar

2.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

3.
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.

4.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

5.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Chandler, Raymond

6.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

7.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

8.
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

9.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

10.
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.
James, Clive

11.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

12.
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

13.
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

14.
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.

15.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

16.
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

17.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

18.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

19.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

20.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

21.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Man, Paul De

22.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
Melbourne, Lord

23.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

24.
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.

25.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

26.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

27.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

28.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

29.
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.
Joubert, Joseph

30.
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.

31.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

32.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

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.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

35.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

36.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

37.
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

38.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

39.
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.

40.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

41.
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.

42.
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.
Rowland, Helen

43.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

44.
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

45.
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.
Sinha, Shall

46.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

47.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

48.
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

49.
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.
Sontag, Susan

50.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca


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