The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Best Quotes about Criticism
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
Critics are already made.
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.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
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.
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.
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 great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
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.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
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.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
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.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
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.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
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.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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.
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 whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
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?
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.
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.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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