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.
Best Quotes about Criticism
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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]
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.
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.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
Auden, W. H.
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
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.
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
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
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.
Hutton, R. H.
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.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
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
We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Each generation produces its squad of moderns with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence
As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
Lowell, James Russell
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Never make the mistake of assuming the critters will beat a path to your door.
Mascotte, John P.
Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.
They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.
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.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De
He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.
Cicero, Marcus T.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.
Helvetius, Claude A.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
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.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.
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
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
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