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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
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

2.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

3.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

4.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

5.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
James, Clive

6.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

7.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

8.
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

9.
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.
Joubert, Joseph

10.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

11.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

12.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
Rowland, Helen

13.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

14.
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

15.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

16.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

17.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

18.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

19.
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

20.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]
Rossellini, Isabella

21.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

22.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

23.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Fielding, Henry

24.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

25.
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.
Symons, Arthur

26.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

27.
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

28.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

29.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

30.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

31.
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
Fiedler, Leslie

32.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

33.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

34.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

35.
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

36.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

37.
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

38.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

39.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

40.
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

41.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

42.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

43.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

44.
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

45.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

46.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

47.
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

48.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

49.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

50.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph


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