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Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
- Disraeli, Benjamin
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
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

3.
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

4.
Give me the critic bred in Nature's school, who neither talks by rote, nor thinks by rule; who feeling's honest dictates still obeys, and dares, without a precedent, to praise.
Shee, Sir Martin Archer

5.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

6.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

7.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

8.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

9.
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

10.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

11.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

12.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

13.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

14.
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

15.
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

16.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
Berger, John

17.
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

18.
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.
Algren, Nelson

19.
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

20.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

21.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

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

23.
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

24.
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

25.
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

26.
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.

27.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

28.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

29.
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

30.
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

31.
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.

32.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

33.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

34.
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.
Sontag, Susan

35.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

36.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Franklin, Benjamin

37.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

38.
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

39.
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

40.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

41.
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

42.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

43.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

44.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

45.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

46.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

47.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

48.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

49.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

50.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John


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