Best Quotes about Criticism
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
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.
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 everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
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.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
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.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
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.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
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.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
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
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
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
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.
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.
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.
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.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.
Eliot, T. S.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
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!
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
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.
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