Criticism is easy, art is difficult
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Never criticize your spouse's faults; if it weren't for them, your mate might have found someone better than you
I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing my own thing and just being original, is the very thing that's making me successful.
When the shallow critics denounce the profit motive inherent in our system of private enterprise, they ignore the fact that it is an economic support of every human right we possess and without it, all rights would soon disappear
A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
If our aim is to praise, we should forget to criticize; if our aim is to criticize, we should remember to praise
Now, in reality, the world has paid too great a compliment to critics, and has imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Just let me go, we have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say 'cause if you're not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.
I'll write, because I'll give - You critics means to live; For should I not supply - The cause, the effect would die
The strength of criticism lies only in the weakness of the thing criticized
A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
Contemporary criticism only represents the amount of ignorance genius has to contend with.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
If critics have problems with my personal life, it's their problem. Anybody with half a brain would realize that it's the charts that count.
Literary criticism, now almost entirely confined to the universities, thus moves against talent by moving against the canon. Academic preferment will not come from a respectful study of Wordsworth's poetics; it will come from a challenging study of his politics - his attitude to the poor, say, or his unconscious 'valorization' of Napoleon; and it will come still faster if you ignore Wordsworth and elevate some (justly) neglected contemporary, by which process the canon may be quietly and steadily sapped.
According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value.
I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.
Self-criticism sessions were held, but these produced more criticism than could usefully be absorbed or accomodated.
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