Best Quotes about Criticism
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
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.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
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
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
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.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
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.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
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.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Critics are already made.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
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.
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.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
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.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
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.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
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.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
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