Best Quotes about Criticism
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
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.
Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
Bruyere, Jean De La
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
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.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
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.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
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
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.
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.
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.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
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.
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.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
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.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
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
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.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.
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
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
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.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred
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