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Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
- West, Rebecca
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Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

2.
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.
Lincoln, Abraham

3.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

4.
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

5.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Moliere

6.
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.
Chandler, Raymond

7.
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

8.
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.

9.
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

10.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
Tynan, Kenneth

11.
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

12.
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

13.
Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
Simms, William Gilmore

14.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.

15.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

16.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

17.
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

18.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
Melbourne, Lord

19.
Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.
Pope, Alexander

20.
Blame is safer than praise.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

21.
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Pollock, Channing

22.
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.

23.
Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.
Proverb, Chinese

24.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

25.
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
Hemingway, Ernest

26.
Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!
Meir, Golda

27.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
Porchia, Antonio

28.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

29.
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

30.
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.

31.
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
Selye, Hans

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

33.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo

34.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

35.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

36.
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

37.
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

38.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

39.
Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.
Proverb, German

40.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
Murdoch, Iris

41.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
Kael, Pauline

42.
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

43.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Fox, Dr. Emmit

44.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

45.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
Guinon, Albert

46.
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.

47.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

48.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Galbraith, John Kenneth

49.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Thoreau, Henry David

50.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon


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