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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

2.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

3.
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.

4.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

5.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

6.
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

7.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

8.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

9.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

10.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

11.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

12.
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

13.
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

14.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

15.
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

16.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

17.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

18.
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.

19.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

20.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

21.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

22.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

23.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
Wolfe, Thomas

24.
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

25.
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.
Picasso, Pablo

26.
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.
Rowland, Helen

27.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Barkley, Charles

28.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

29.
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

30.
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.
Kurt Vonnegut

31.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

32.
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
Hemingway, Ernest

33.
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.
Fuller, Margaret

34.
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.
Aragon, Louis

35.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

36.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

37.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

38.
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.
Joubert, Joseph

39.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

40.
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

41.
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

42.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

43.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

44.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

45.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Carnegie, Dale

46.
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.
Klee, Paul

47.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

48.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

49.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

50.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie


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