Best Quotes about Criticism
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]
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
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
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
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.
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
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
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.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Man, Paul De
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
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.
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.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
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.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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
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.
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.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
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