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Criticism

Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
- James, Henry
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

2.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

3.
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

4.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

5.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

6.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

7.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

8.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

9.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

10.
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

11.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

12.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
Wolfe, Thomas

13.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

14.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

15.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

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

17.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

18.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

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.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Barkley, Charles

21.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

22.
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

23.
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

24.
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.

25.
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

26.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

27.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Chandler, Raymond

28.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

29.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

30.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward

31.
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

32.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

33.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

34.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset

35.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
Fuller, Margaret

36.
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

37.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

38.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

39.
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

40.
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

41.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

42.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

43.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
Meir, Golda

44.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

45.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

46.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

47.
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

48.
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

49.
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

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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