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It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
- Chandler, Raymond
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

2.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

3.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

4.
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.
Sontag, Susan

5.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

6.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

7.
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

8.
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.

9.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

10.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
James, Clive

11.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

12.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

13.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

14.
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

15.
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

16.
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

17.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

18.
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

19.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

20.
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

21.
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.

22.
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.

23.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

24.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

25.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

26.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

27.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

28.
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

29.
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

30.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe

31.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
Coen, Ethan

32.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

33.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

34.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

35.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

36.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

37.
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

38.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

39.
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

40.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

41.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

42.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

43.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

44.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

45.
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

46.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

47.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

48.
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.

49.
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

50.
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


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