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Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
- Proverb, Chinese
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

3.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

4.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

5.
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

6.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

7.
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.

8.
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

9.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

10.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

11.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

12.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

13.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

14.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

15.
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.

16.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore

17.
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.

18.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

19.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

20.
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

21.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

22.
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

23.
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

24.
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
Wilde, Oscar

25.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

26.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

27.
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.

28.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

29.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
Washington, Denzel

30.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

31.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

32.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

33.
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.
Hemingway, Ernest

34.
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

35.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

36.
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.
Cartwright, Bill

37.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

38.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

39.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

40.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

41.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

42.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

43.
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.
Tynan, Kenneth

44.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

45.
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.
Fielding, Henry

46.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]
Rossellini, Isabella

47.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

48.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

49.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

50.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton


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