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Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
- Smullyan, Raymond
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

2.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

3.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

4.
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

5.
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

6.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

7.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

8.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore

9.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

10.
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Auden, W. H.

11.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

12.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

13.
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

14.
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

15.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

16.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

17.
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

18.
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.

19.
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.

20.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

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.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

23.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

24.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

25.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

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

27.
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

28.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

29.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

30.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

31.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

32.
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.
Johnson, Samuel

33.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

34.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

35.
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

36.
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

37.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

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

39.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

40.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

41.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

42.
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.
Sinha, Shall

43.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

44.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

45.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

46.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

47.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

48.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Woolf, Virginia

49.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

50.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset


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