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As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
- James, Clive
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

2.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

3.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

4.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

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

6.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

7.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Woolf, Virginia

8.
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

9.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

10.
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

11.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

12.
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

13.
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

14.
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

15.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

16.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

17.
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

18.
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

19.
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

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.
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

22.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

23.
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

24.
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.

25.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

26.
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

27.
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

28.
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

29.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

30.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

31.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
Frye, Northrop

32.
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

33.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

34.
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

35.
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

36.
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

37.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
Washington, Denzel

38.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

39.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

40.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

41.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

42.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

43.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

44.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

45.
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

46.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

47.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
James, Henry

48.
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

49.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Connolly, Cyril

50.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David


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