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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.
- Woolf, Virginia
Criticism Motivational Quotes



Best Quotes about Criticism

1.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

2.
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

3.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Baudelaire, Charles

4.
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.

5.
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Franklin, Benjamin

6.
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.
Joubert, Joseph

7.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Hampton, Christopher

8.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mcluhan, Marshall

9.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Hubbard, Elbert

10.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
Costello, Elvis

11.
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.
Gibbon, Edward

12.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

13.
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

14.
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.

15.
Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
Burroughs, William S.

16.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Rayburn, Sam

17.
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

18.
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

19.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.

20.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
Berger, John

21.
Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
Aikman, Leo

22.
Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
Bible

23.
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.

24.
If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.
Holtz, Lou

25.
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

26.
The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.
Maugham, W. Somerset

27.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
Maugham, W. Somerset

28.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
Byron, Lord

29.
One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

30.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
Erasmus, Desiderius

31.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Hill, Napoleon

32.
The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.
Little, Lynn M.

33.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Disraeli, Benjamin

34.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
Raphael, Frederic

35.
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

36.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Auden, W. H.

37.
Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
Briton, Crand

38.
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

39.
They condemn what they do not understand.
Cicero, Marcus T.

40.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Williams, Bern

41.
When the critics come around it's always too late.
Nolan, Sir Sidney

42.
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

43.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.

44.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Wilde, Oscar

45.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
Hoffman, Dustin

46.
Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.
Hammarskjold, Dag

47.
No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.
Olivier, Sir Lawrence

48.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
Gourmont, Remy De

49.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Mizner, Wilson

50.
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


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