Best Quotes about Criticism
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
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.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
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
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
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.
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.
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.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
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.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Lawrence, D. H.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
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.
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.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Critics are already made.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
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.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
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.
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.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
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.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
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.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
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
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.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
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.
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?
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
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