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The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
- La Bruyere, Jean De
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

2.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

3.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

4.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

5.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

6.
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

7.
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

8.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

9.
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

10.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

11.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

12.
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

13.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

14.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
Sontag, Susan

15.
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

16.
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

17.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

18.
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.

19.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

20.
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

21.
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.

22.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

23.
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

24.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

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.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

27.
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

28.
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

29.
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

30.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

31.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

32.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

33.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

34.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

35.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

36.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

37.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

38.
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

39.
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

40.
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

41.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

42.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

43.
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

44.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

45.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

46.
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

47.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

48.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

49.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

50.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing


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