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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

2.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

3.
All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.
Nunn, Gregory

4.
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

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

6.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

7.
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

8.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
Tynan, Kenneth

9.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

10.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

11.
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

12.
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

13.
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

14.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

15.
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

16.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

17.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Henry Fielding

18.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat

19.
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

20.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

21.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

22.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

23.
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

24.
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.
Chandler, Raymond

25.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

26.
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Collins, Jackie

27.
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

28.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

29.
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

30.
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

31.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

32.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

33.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones

34.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

35.
The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.
Paglia, Camille

36.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

37.
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

38.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

39.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

40.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

41.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

42.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
France, Anatole

43.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

44.
The text is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
Fiedler, Leslie

45.
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

46.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

47.
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.

48.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

49.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

50.
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


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