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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.
- Rowland, Helen
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

2.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

3.
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.
Kurt Vonnegut

4.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La

5.
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.
Melbourne, Lord

6.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

7.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

8.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

9.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

10.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Sontag, Susan

11.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

12.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

13.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

14.
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.
Miller, Henry

15.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

16.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Wilde, Oscar

17.
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.
Lewis, Sinclair

18.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

19.
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.
Picasso, Pablo

20.
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.

21.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Connolly, Cyril

22.
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

23.
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
Ironside, H. A.

24.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

25.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Chandler, Raymond

26.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

27.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

28.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

29.
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

30.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

31.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
Hemingway, Ernest

32.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

33.
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

34.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

35.
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

36.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Dahlberg, Edward

37.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

38.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

39.
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.
James, Henry

40.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

41.
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

42.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

43.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

44.
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.
Churchill, Winston

45.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

46.
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.

47.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

48.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

49.
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

50.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus


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