Criticism Quotes

The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason, whatever it may discover; and to promulgate the determinations of truth, whatever she shall dictate

Samuel Johnson

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.

Franklin P. Jones

No one so thoroughly appreciates the value of constructive criticism as the one who's giving it

Hal Chadwick

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.

Albert Einstein

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.

Albert Einstein

I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance

Harold Macmillan

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

Norman Vincent Peale

I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise.

Noel Coward

Coughing in the theatre is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism.

Alan Jay Lerner

Contemporary criticism only represents the amount of ignorance genius has to contend with.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

Franklin P. Jones

There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife - a tyrannical midwife.

Stephen Spender

The most vigilant self-criticism of course is necessary, but the time comes when the artist must tell himself he is good or he will go under

Gerald Moor

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense

Samuel Johnson

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

Henry Louis Mencken

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.

Harold Bloom

The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author

Benjamin Disraeli

To make a criticism is a bit like complaining about the shape of the Pyramids.

Piers Brendon

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.

Samuel Johnson

We protest against unjust criticism, but we accept unearned applause.

Jose Narosky

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well; the chiefest part of which is to observe those excellencies which delight a reasonable reader

John Dryden

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.

Emile M. Cioran

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.

Frank A. Clark

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing

Aristotle
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