Best Quotes about Criticism
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
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
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
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
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!
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.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
Lawrence, D. H.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
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.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
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.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
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.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
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.
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.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
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.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
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.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.
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.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
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
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
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.
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.
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