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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.
- Fiedler, Leslie
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

2.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

3.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

4.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

5.
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

6.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
Sinha, Shall

7.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

8.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

9.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

10.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

11.
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.
Johnson, Samuel

12.
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

13.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

14.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

15.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

16.
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

17.
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

18.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

19.
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

20.
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

21.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

22.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

23.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

24.
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

25.
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

26.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Woolf, Virginia

27.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset

28.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

29.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill

30.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

31.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

32.
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

33.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

34.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

35.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

36.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
Symons, Arthur

37.
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Auden, W. H.

38.
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.

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

40.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

41.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

42.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

43.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

44.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

45.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Barkley, Charles

46.
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

47.
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

48.
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

49.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

50.
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley


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