Best Quotes about Criticism
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
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.
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.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
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
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
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.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
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.
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.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Critics are already made.
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.
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
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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.
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.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
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.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.
Eliot, T. S.
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!
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
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
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
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.
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.
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