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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
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
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

3.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Franklin, Benjamin

4.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

5.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.

6.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

7.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

8.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

9.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

10.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

11.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

12.
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

13.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

14.
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.

15.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

16.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

17.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Chandler, Raymond

18.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

19.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

20.
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
Edwards, Tryon

21.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Woolf, Virginia

22.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

23.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
Cartwright, Bill

24.
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

25.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

26.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

27.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

28.
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

29.
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

30.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

31.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

32.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

33.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

34.
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

35.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

36.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Sterne, Laurence

37.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

38.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

39.
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.

40.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

41.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

42.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

43.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

44.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

45.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

46.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

47.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Hemingway, Ernest

48.
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

49.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Picasso, Pablo

50.
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


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