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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

2.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

3.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

4.
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

5.
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

6.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La

7.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

8.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
Tynan, Kenneth

9.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David

10.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

11.
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

12.
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.

13.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
Dahlberg, Edward

14.
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

15.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

16.
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

17.
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.
Melbourne, Lord

18.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

19.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Wilde, Oscar

20.
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

21.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

22.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

23.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

24.
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
Ironside, H. A.

25.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

26.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Chandler, Raymond

27.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.

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

29.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
Lawrence, D. H.

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

32.
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

33.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

34.
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.

35.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
Keats, John

36.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

37.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

38.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

39.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

40.
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.
Chandler, Raymond

41.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

42.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

43.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

44.
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

45.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

46.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Fielding, Henry

47.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

48.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

49.
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

50.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Walker, Alice


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