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.
Best Quotes about Criticism
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
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.
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.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
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.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
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.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
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
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
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.
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.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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
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]
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