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Criticism

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
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
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

2.
Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.
Coen, Ethan

3.
In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.
Hutton, R. H.

4.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

5.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

6.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

7.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

8.
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

9.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

10.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

11.
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

12.
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

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.
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

15.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

16.
Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
Mcclung, Nellie

17.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

18.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

19.
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
Benjamin, Walter

20.
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.

21.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
Congreve, William

22.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

23.
I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.
Cartwright, Bill

24.
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

25.
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

26.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

27.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.

28.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

29.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

30.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph

31.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

32.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
Barkley, Charles

33.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

34.
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.

35.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

36.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Updike, John

37.
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

38.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

39.
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

40.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

41.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

42.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
Roosevelt, Eleanor

43.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

44.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

45.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

46.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore

47.
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

48.
No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.
Carlyle, Thomas

49.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple.
Hemingway, Ernest

50.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
Lawrence, D. H.


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