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If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
- Hill, Napoleon
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Dahlberg, Edward

3.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

4.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore

5.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

6.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

7.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.

8.
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

9.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

10.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

11.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

12.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

13.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

14.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

15.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

16.
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
Aragon, Louis

17.
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.

18.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

19.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

20.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

21.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
Slater, Christian

22.
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

23.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

24.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

25.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

26.
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.

27.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

28.
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

29.
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

30.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

31.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

32.
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

33.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Kurt Vonnegut

34.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

35.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.

36.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

37.
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

38.
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

39.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

40.
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

41.
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

42.
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.

43.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

44.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

45.
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

46.
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

47.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

48.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

49.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

50.
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


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