Best Quotes about Criticism
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
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.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
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.
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
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 the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill
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.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
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.
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.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
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!
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
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
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
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.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
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