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Criticism

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
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

2.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset

3.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

4.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

5.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

6.
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.

7.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

8.
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

9.
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.
Lehman, David

10.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
Melbourne, Lord

11.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

12.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Picasso, Pablo

13.
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

14.
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!
Meir, Golda

15.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
James, Clive

16.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

17.
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

18.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

19.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

20.
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

21.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

22.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

23.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

24.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

25.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Sontag, Susan

26.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

27.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

28.
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.

29.
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

30.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

31.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

32.
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.
Kurt Vonnegut

33.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

34.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

35.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

36.
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

37.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

38.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

39.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

40.
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

41.
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

42.
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.
Aragon, Louis

43.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

44.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

45.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

46.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

47.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

48.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

49.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Dahlberg, Edward

50.
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


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