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Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
- Steinbeck, John
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.

2.
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

3.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

4.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Steinbeck, John

5.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

6.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.

7.
There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
Adams, Scott

8.
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

9.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Kurt Vonnegut

10.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

11.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

12.
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Hemingway, Ernest

13.
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

14.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

15.
A louse in the locks of literature.
Tennyson, Lord Alfred

16.
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

17.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

18.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

19.
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

20.
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
Algren, Nelson

21.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Lewis, Sinclair

22.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
Dahlberg, Edward

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.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

25.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
Slater, Christian

26.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Whistler, James Mcneill

27.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

28.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

29.
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

30.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

31.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

32.
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

33.
People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.
DiCaprio, Leonardo

34.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

35.
Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
Addison, Joseph

36.
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

37.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
Beecher, Henry Ward

38.
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

39.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

40.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

41.
In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.
Carruthers, Charles Edwin

42.
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Buxton, Charles

43.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

44.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

45.
Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.
Churchill, Charles

46.
The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
Gibbon, Edward

47.
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

48.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

49.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
Connolly, Cyril

50.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton


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