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For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
- Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

2.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

3.
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

4.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

5.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

6.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

7.
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.

8.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
Berger, John

9.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

10.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

11.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.

12.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

13.
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?
Slater, Christian

14.
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

15.
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

16.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

17.
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

18.
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.
Algren, Nelson

19.
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

20.
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

21.
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

22.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Hemingway, Ernest

23.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Galbraith, John Kenneth

24.
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

25.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

26.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

27.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

28.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

29.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

30.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

31.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Congreve, William

32.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

33.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

34.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

35.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

36.
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

37.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

38.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

39.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

40.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
Sontag, Susan

41.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

42.
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.
Chandler, Raymond

43.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

44.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

45.
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

46.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

47.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

48.
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

49.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

50.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie


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