Best Quotes about Criticism
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.
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.
If I care to listen to every criticism, let alone act on them, then this shop may as well be closed for all other businesses. I have learned to do my best, and if the end result is good then I do not care for any criticism, but if the end result is not good, then even the praise of ten angels would not make the difference.
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.
Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Jones, Franklin P.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
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]
Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
Wilson, Woodrow T.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.
Mencken, H. L.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
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.
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
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.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
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!
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
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.
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
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.
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.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
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