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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.
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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.

2.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

3.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

4.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

5.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

6.
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

7.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

8.
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
Paglia, Camille

9.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

10.
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

11.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

12.
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

13.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

14.
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

15.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

16.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

17.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

18.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

19.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

20.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

21.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Eleanor Roosevelt

22.
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.

23.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

24.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

25.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

26.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

27.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

28.
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

29.
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

30.
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

31.
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.

32.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

33.
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

34.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
Hemingway, Ernest

35.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

36.
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.

37.
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

38.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

39.
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

40.
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
Ironside, H. A.

41.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

42.
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

43.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

44.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

45.
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
Edwards, Tryon

46.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

47.
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Lincoln, Abraham

48.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

49.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

50.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell


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