Best Quotes about Criticism
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
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.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
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
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
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
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.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
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.
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.
Critics are already made.
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.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
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.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
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.
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.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
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
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
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.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
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.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
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