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Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
- Lawrence, D. H.
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
Lehman, David

2.
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.

3.
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.

4.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
Johnson, Samuel

5.
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

6.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
Rosenberg, Harold

7.
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

8.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Walker, Alice

9.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

10.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

11.
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

12.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

13.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

14.
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.

15.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

16.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

17.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

18.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

19.
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.

20.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

21.
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

22.
One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.
Klee, Paul

23.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

24.
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

25.
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

26.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

27.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

28.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

29.
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

30.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

31.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

32.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

33.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

34.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

35.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

36.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

37.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

38.
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
Algren, Nelson

39.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

40.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

41.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

42.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

43.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

44.
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

45.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

46.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

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.
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

49.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

50.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord


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