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A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
- Shenstone, William
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

2.
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

3.
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

4.
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.
Wilde, Oscar

5.
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

6.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

7.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

8.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

9.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

10.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

11.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

12.
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.

13.
One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.
Klee, Paul

14.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

15.
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.

16.
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.
Aragon, Louis

17.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

18.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

19.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

20.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

21.
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

22.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe

23.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

24.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

25.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

26.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
Wolfe, Thomas

27.
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.
Fuller, Margaret

28.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

29.
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.
Coen, Ethan

30.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

31.
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

32.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

33.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
Keats, John

34.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill

35.
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

36.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

37.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

38.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

39.
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.
Washington, Denzel

40.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

41.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

42.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

43.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
Meir, Golda

44.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward

45.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

46.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

47.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

48.
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.

49.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

50.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.


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