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Criticism

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



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

2.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
Rosenberg, Harold

3.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

4.
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

5.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

6.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

7.
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

8.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

9.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

10.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

11.
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

12.
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

13.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

14.
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

15.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

16.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

17.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

18.
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.

19.
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

20.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

21.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

22.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

23.
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

24.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

25.
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

26.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

27.
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

28.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

29.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

30.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

31.
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

32.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

33.
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

34.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

35.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

36.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

37.
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

38.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
Sontag, Susan

39.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

40.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

41.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

42.
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

43.
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

44.
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

45.
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

46.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

47.
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.

48.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
James, Clive

49.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

50.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
Dahlberg, Edward


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