Quotations The Best Quotes About Critics And Criticism  

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

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

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

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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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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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Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.

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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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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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Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

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

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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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Criticism is prejudice made plausible. H. L. Mencken

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

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

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