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Criticism

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
- W. H. Auden
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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.
Orwell, George

2.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

3.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

4.
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

5.
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]
Rossellini, Isabella

6.
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.
Walker, Alice

7.
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

8.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

9.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

10.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

11.
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.
Congreve, William

12.
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.
Johnson, Samuel

13.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

14.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

15.
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
Fiedler, Leslie

16.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward

17.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

18.
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

19.
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

20.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

21.
We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
Carlyle, Thomas

22.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

23.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

24.
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.
Symons, Arthur

25.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

26.
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

27.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
Hemingway, Ernest

28.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

29.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

30.
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

31.
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.

32.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

33.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

34.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

35.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

36.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

37.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

38.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

39.
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

40.
The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
Gibbon, Edward

41.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
Cartwright, Bill

42.
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.
Pound, Ezra

43.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

44.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

45.
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

46.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

47.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

48.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

49.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

50.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.


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