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



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

2.
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

3.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

4.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

5.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Holtz, Lou

6.
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

7.
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

8.
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

9.
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

10.
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.

11.
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.
Pound, Ezra

12.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

13.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

14.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

15.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

16.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

17.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Proverb, Chinese

18.
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

19.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

20.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

21.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

22.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

23.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

24.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

25.
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

26.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

27.
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

28.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

29.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

30.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

31.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

32.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

33.
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

34.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

35.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

36.
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.

37.
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

38.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

39.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

40.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

41.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

42.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

43.
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

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.
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

46.
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

47.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

48.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

49.
That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.
Wilde, Oscar

50.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.


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