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Criticism

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
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

3.
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

4.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

5.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

6.
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

7.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

8.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

9.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

10.
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

11.
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

12.
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

13.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

14.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.
Eliot, T. S.

15.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

16.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

17.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

18.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

19.
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.

20.
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.

21.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

22.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

23.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

24.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

25.
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.

26.
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

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

29.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

30.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

31.
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

32.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

33.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

34.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

35.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

36.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

37.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Henry Fielding

38.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

39.
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

40.
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.

41.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

42.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

43.
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

44.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

45.
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.

46.
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

47.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

48.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

49.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

50.
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


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