Best Quotes about Criticism
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
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.
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.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
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
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.
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
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
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.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
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.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
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.
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.
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.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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.
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.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
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.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
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
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
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.
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