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Criticism

The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
- James, Clive
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
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

3.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

4.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

5.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

6.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

7.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

8.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

9.
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

10.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

11.
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.

12.
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

13.
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

14.
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

15.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

16.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
Dahlberg, Edward

17.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

18.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

19.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

20.
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.

21.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.

22.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

23.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
Sinha, Shall

24.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

25.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

26.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

27.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

28.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

29.
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

30.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

31.
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.

32.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

33.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

34.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

35.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

36.
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

37.
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

38.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

39.
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

40.
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.

41.
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

42.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

43.
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

44.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

45.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

46.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

47.
There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.
Fuller, Margaret

48.
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

49.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

50.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible


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