Best Quotes about Criticism
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.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
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.
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
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
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.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
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.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones
Critics are already made.
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.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
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.
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.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
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.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
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!
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.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
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.
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.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
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.
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.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
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
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