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As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
- Selye, Hans
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

2.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

3.
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

4.
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.

5.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

6.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

7.
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

8.
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

9.
One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.
Klee, Paul

10.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
Benjamin, Walter

11.
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
Lowell, James Russell

12.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

13.
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

14.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

15.
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

16.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

17.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

18.
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

19.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

20.
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

21.
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
Keats, John

22.
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

23.
David Lynch came out of it a genius, and I came out of it a fat girl. I'm sorry that the only comment I get about the part is the way I look. [Commenting on the critics' response to her performance in Blue Velvet]
Rossellini, Isabella

24.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

25.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

26.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

27.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

28.
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

29.
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

30.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

31.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

32.
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.

33.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Epictetus

34.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

35.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

36.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Carnegie, Dale

37.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

38.
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

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

40.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
West, Rebecca

41.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

42.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

43.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

44.
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

45.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Disraeli, Benjamin

46.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

47.
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

48.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

49.
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

50.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe


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