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What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
- Cocteau, Jean
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Lewis, Sinclair

2.
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.
Cartwright, Bill

3.
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

4.
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
Fiedler, Leslie

5.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

6.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

7.
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

8.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

9.
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.

10.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

11.
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.
Dahlberg, Edward

12.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

13.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

14.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
Lehman, David

15.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

16.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

17.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Hemingway, Ernest

18.
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

19.
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

20.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

21.
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

22.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

23.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

24.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

25.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

26.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

27.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

28.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

29.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

30.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

31.
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

32.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

33.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

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

35.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

36.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

37.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

38.
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

39.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

40.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

41.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Henry Fielding

42.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

43.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

44.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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

46.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

47.
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.
DiCaprio, Leonardo

48.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

49.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

50.
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.


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