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Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
- Updike, John
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

2.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

3.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

4.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

5.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La

6.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

7.
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?
Slater, Christian

8.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

9.
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.
DiCaprio, Leonardo

10.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

11.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

12.
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.
Sontag, Susan

13.
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

14.
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

15.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

16.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Connolly, Cyril

17.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Carnegie, Dale

18.
That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.
Wilde, Oscar

19.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

20.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

21.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

22.
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.
Hemingway, Ernest

23.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

24.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

25.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Chandler, Raymond

26.
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

27.
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

28.
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

29.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

30.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

31.
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.
Eleanor Roosevelt

32.
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.
Joubert, Joseph

33.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
Sinha, Shall

34.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

35.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

36.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Wilde, Oscar

37.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

38.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

39.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

40.
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

41.
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

42.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.

43.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

44.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

45.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

46.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

47.
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.

48.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

49.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

50.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar


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