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Criticism

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
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

2.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

3.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

4.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

5.
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.

6.
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

7.
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

8.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

9.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

10.
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

11.
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

12.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

13.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La

14.
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

15.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

16.
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

17.
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

18.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

19.
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.

20.
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

21.
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

22.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

23.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

24.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

25.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

26.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

27.
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

28.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

29.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

30.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

31.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

32.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe

33.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

34.
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

35.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

36.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

37.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.

38.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

39.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.

40.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Chandler, Raymond

41.
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

42.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

43.
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

44.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

45.
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

46.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

47.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

48.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

49.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

50.
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


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