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It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
- Baudelaire, Charles
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

2.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
Dahlberg, Edward

3.
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.
Sontag, Susan

4.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Lewis, Sinclair

5.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

6.
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.
Frye, Northrop

7.
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

8.
We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
Miller, Henry

9.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

10.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

11.
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.

12.
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.
Johnson, Samuel

13.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

14.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

15.
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
Pound, Ezra

16.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.

17.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

18.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

19.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

20.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

21.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

22.
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.
Symons, Arthur

23.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

24.
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

25.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Henry Fielding

26.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

27.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

28.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

29.
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

30.
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
Wilde, Oscar

31.
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.

32.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

33.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

34.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

35.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

36.
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

37.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

38.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

39.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

40.
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.
Washington, Denzel

41.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

42.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
Cartwright, Bill

43.
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.
Hemingway, Ernest

44.
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.
Gibbon, Edward

45.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

46.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

47.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

48.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
Berger, John

49.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

50.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth


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