Criticism Quotes

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

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

Piers Brendon

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

Henry Louis Mencken

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

Samuel Johnson

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

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

Stephen Spender

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

Franklin P. Jones

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

H. L. Mencken

A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by.

Christopher Morley

A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.

Dustin Hoffman

All critics should be assassinated.

Man Ray

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

Alan Jay Lerner

Critics like to build you up, tear you down, and then, if you're lucky, build you up again.

Spike Lee

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

Noel Coward

If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.

Margaret Thatcher

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

Norman Vincent Peale

If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.

Malcolm X

Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.

Jean Sibelius

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs

John Osborne

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going

George Bernard Shaw

The pleasure of criticizing robs us of the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things

Jean de la Bruyere

What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.

Jean Cocteau

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Updated On : December 03, 2013
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