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Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
- Helvetius, Claude A.
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

3.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

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

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.
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

7.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

8.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

9.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

10.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

11.
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
Joubert, Joseph

12.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

13.
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

14.
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

15.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

16.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Hemingway, Ernest

17.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

18.
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

19.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

20.
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

21.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

22.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Adorno, Theodor W.

23.
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

24.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Congreve, William

25.
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.

26.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]
Rossellini, Isabella

27.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

28.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

29.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

30.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

31.
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

32.
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
Hemingway, Ernest

33.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

34.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Man, Paul De

35.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

36.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

37.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

38.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

39.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

40.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

41.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

42.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

43.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

44.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

45.
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

46.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

47.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

48.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

49.
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

50.
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


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