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Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

2.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

3.
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

4.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

5.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward

6.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

7.
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

8.
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.
Lincoln, Abraham

9.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
Tynan, Kenneth

10.
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
Paglia, Camille

11.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

12.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

13.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

14.
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.
Chandler, Raymond

15.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

16.
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

17.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

18.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

19.
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

20.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
Keats, John

21.
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.
DiCaprio, Leonardo

22.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

23.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

24.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

25.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Churchill, Winston

26.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

27.
Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Simms, William Gilmore

28.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

29.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

30.
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
Edwards, Tryon

31.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

32.
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.
Fiedler, Leslie

33.
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.

34.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

35.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

36.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

37.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.

38.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

39.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

40.
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

41.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

42.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

43.
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
Ironside, H. A.

44.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

45.
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.
Woolf, Virginia

46.
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

47.
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

48.
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

49.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

50.
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]
Rossellini, Isabella


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