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    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. Helen Rowland

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    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. T. S. Eliot

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    I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later. Ezra Pound

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    Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs. Pablo Picasso

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

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    In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me. Edgar Allan Poe

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

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

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    Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.

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

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    Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.

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    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. Henry Miller

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    Criticism is prejudice made plausible. H. L. Mencken

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    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. H. L. Mencken

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    Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

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    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! Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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

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    We are suffering from too much sarcasm. Marianne Moore

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    In my wide association in life, meeting with many and great men in various parts of the world, I have yet to find the man, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism. Charles M. Schwab

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    Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

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    Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic. Percy Bysshe Shelley

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    This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. Dorothy Parker

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    One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence. Harold Rosenberg

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    Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway. Eleanor Roosevelt

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    The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification. Camille Paglia

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    A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic. James Russell Lowell

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

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    It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic. Marshall McLuhan

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    The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    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. George Orwell

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

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

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

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    In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable. Susan Sontag

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    A sneer is the weapon of the weak. James Russell Lowell

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    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. W. Somerset Maugham

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    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. Thomas Wolfe

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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. Virginia Woolf

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    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! Golda Meir

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    Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it. Michel de Montaigne

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    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. Susan Sontag

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

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

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    All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens. Ernest Hemingway

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    Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better. Oliver Goldsmith

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    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. Abraham Lincoln

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    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. John Keats

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