Best Quotes about Criticism
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
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!
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
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 drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
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.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Man, Paul De
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.
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
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.
Shee, Sir Martin Archer
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]
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
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
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
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.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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.
The text is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
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.
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.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
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.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
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