Best Quotes about Criticism
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
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.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
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.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
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.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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.
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.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
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
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
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.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
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.
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.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
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.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
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