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Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

2.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

3.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
Baudrillard, Jean

4.
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

5.
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

6.
A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind.
Shenstone, William

7.
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

8.
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Ziglar, Zig

9.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Miller, Henry

10.
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

11.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

12.
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.

13.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

14.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

15.
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.

16.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
Kundera, Milan

17.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

18.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

19.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

20.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

21.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Wilde, Oscar

22.
I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Hugo, Victor

23.
Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!
James, Henry

24.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Wilder, Thornton

25.
Critics are already made.
Byron, Lord

26.
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

27.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

28.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

29.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
Flagg, Fannie

30.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

31.
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.

32.
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.
Johnson, Samuel

33.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Cioran, E. M.

34.
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

35.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

36.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

37.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
Tynan, Kenneth

38.
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

39.
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

40.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

41.
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

42.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

43.
In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Fielding, Henry

44.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

45.
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.

46.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Eleanor Roosevelt

47.
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.
Edwards, Tryon

48.
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

49.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius

50.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Conrad, Joseph


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