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Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
- Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
James, Henry

2.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

3.
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

4.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

5.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

6.
For if there is anything to one's praise, it is foolish vanity to be gratified at it, and if it is abuse -- why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned good-natured friend or another!
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

7.
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.

8.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

9.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

10.
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

11.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

12.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

13.
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

14.
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

15.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

16.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

17.
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

18.
We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
Miller, Henry

19.
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

20.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

21.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

22.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

23.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

24.
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

25.
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.
Sontag, Susan

26.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

27.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

28.
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.

29.
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.

30.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

31.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Fielding, Henry

32.
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.

33.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

34.
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Sontag, Susan

35.
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.

36.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

37.
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

38.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

39.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

40.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

41.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

42.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

43.
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.
Lewis, Sinclair

44.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

45.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

46.
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

47.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

48.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

49.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

50.
Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.
Orwell, George


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