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Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

2.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

3.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

4.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

5.
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

6.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

7.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

8.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

9.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

10.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

11.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.

12.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

13.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

14.
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

15.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
Lawrence, D. H.

16.
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.

17.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

18.
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

19.
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

20.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Sterne, Laurence

21.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

22.
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.

23.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

24.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

25.
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

26.
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

27.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

28.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

29.
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

30.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

31.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

32.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

33.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

34.
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

35.
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

36.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

37.
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

38.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

39.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Franklin, Benjamin

40.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

41.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

42.
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.
Congreve, William

43.
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.
James, Henry

44.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

45.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

46.
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

47.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

48.
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

49.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

50.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.


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