Best Quotes about Criticism
One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
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?
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.
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.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
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
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
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
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.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
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.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit
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.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
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
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
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.
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.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
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
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
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.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
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.
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]
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