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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
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

2.
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

3.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

4.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

5.
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

6.
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

7.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

8.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

9.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

10.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

11.
We have our little theory on all human and divine things. Poetry, the workings of genius itself, which, in all times, with one or another meaning, has been called Inspiration, and held to be mysterious and inscrutable, is no longer without its scientific exposition. The building of the lofty rhyme is like any other masonry or bricklaying: we have theories of its rise, height, decline and fall -- which latter, it would seem, is now near, among all people.
Carlyle, Thomas

12.
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

13.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

14.
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

15.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Galbraith, John Kenneth

16.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

17.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

18.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

19.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

20.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

21.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

22.
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

23.
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

24.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

25.
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

26.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

27.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

28.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

29.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

30.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

31.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

32.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

33.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

34.
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

35.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

36.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

37.
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

38.
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

39.
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

40.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

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.
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

43.
That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.
Wilde, Oscar

44.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

45.
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

46.
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

47.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

48.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

49.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

50.
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.


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