Best Quotes about Criticism
The text is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
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.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
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.
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.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
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!
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.
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.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
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.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
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.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
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
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.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.
Eliot, T. S.
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
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.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
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