Best Quotes about Criticism
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
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
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
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.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Simms, William Gilmore
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.
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
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.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
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.
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?
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
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.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
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.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
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.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
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.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
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
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
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.
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.
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