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All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
- Turner, Ted
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

2.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David

3.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

4.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

5.
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.

6.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Chandler, Raymond

7.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

8.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

9.
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
Fuller, Margaret

10.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

11.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

12.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

13.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

14.
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.

15.
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

16.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

17.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

18.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
Coen, Ethan

19.
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.
Rosenberg, Harold

20.
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.
Berger, John

21.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

22.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

23.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore

24.
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

25.
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!
Meir, Golda

26.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

27.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

28.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

29.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

30.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

31.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

32.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

33.
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.

34.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

35.
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.

36.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
Wolfe, Thomas

37.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

38.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

39.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

40.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

41.
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

42.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

43.
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

44.
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.
Sontag, Susan

45.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

46.
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.
Lincoln, Abraham

47.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

48.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

49.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

50.
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.
James, Henry


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