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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
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis

2.
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

3.
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

4.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Dahlberg, Edward

5.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

6.
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

7.
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

8.
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

9.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

10.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
Dahlberg, Edward

11.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

12.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius

13.
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

14.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

15.
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

16.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

17.
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

18.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

19.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

20.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

21.
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

22.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

23.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

24.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

25.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

26.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

27.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell

28.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
Symons, Arthur

29.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

30.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

31.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
Frye, Northrop

32.
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
Wilde, Oscar

33.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

34.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

35.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

36.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

37.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

38.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

39.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

40.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

41.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

42.
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

43.
When subjected to the rain of criticism, let?s not curse the rain. Let?s accept it as a part of life. Let?s remember that the more criticism we can successfully handle, the more zest we will experience in our lives.
Sinha, Shall

44.
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

45.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

46.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
Rowland, Helen

47.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Burns, Robert

48.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

49.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

50.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin


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