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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
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.
Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
Mayor, Federico

3.
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

4.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

5.
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

6.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7.
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

8.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

9.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

10.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

11.
I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
Smith, Sydney

12.
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

13.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

14.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De

15.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

16.
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

17.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

18.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Cocteau, Jean

19.
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.

20.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Walker, Alice

21.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

22.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

23.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.
Eliot, T. S.

24.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

25.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

26.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

27.
Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Adorno, Theodor W.

28.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
La Bruyere, Jean De

29.
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

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

31.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

32.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

33.
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

34.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

35.
One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.
Rosenberg, Harold

36.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

37.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

38.
You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
Maugham, W. Somerset

39.
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

40.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

41.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

42.
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

43.
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

44.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

45.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

46.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

47.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

48.
Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.
Buxton, Charles

49.
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

50.
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


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