Best Quotes about Criticism
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.
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!
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.
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]
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
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.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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.
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.
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.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
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.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
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
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
Critics are already made.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
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
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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.
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.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
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.
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.
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
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.
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