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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
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
Clurman, Harold

2.
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Narosky, Jose

3.
We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
Miller, Henry

4.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
Schlegel, Friedrich

5.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

6.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.

7.
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

8.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

9.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

10.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

11.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Man, Paul De

12.
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

13.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

14.
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

15.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

16.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

17.
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

18.
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.
Rowland, Helen

19.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Wilde, Oscar

20.
Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled wrong.
Smullyan, Raymond

21.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Kundera, Milan

22.
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

23.
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

24.
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

25.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

26.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
Dahlberg, Edward

27.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Henry Fielding

28.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Steinbeck, John

29.
As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.
James, Clive

30.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

31.
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Johnson, Samuel

32.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
Rostand, Jean

33.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
Turner, Ted

34.
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

35.
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
Simms, William Gilmore

36.
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

37.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

38.
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.

39.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

40.
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.
James, Henry

41.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

42.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Paz, Octavio

43.
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

44.
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

45.
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

46.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

47.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

48.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

49.
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

50.
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


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