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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
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Best Quotes about Criticism

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

2.
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

3.
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

4.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

5.
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

6.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

7.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

8.
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

9.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

10.
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

11.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

12.
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.

13.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
Rowland, Helen

14.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

15.
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

16.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

17.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

18.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

19.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

20.
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

21.
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

22.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

23.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

24.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

25.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

26.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

27.
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
Pound, Ezra

28.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

29.
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

30.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

31.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

32.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

33.
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

34.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
Meir, Golda

35.
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

36.
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

37.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

38.
We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
Miller, Henry

39.
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

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

41.
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

42.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

43.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

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.
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

46.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

47.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
Churchill, Winston

48.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

49.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

50.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph


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