Best Quotes about Criticism
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
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.
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.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
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.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
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.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
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.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Adorno, Theodor W.
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
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
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.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
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.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
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.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
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