Criticism Quotes

If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it


Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.


We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offe

Michel de Montaigne

Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting

Emmet Fox

Don't criticize what you don't understand, son. You never walked in that man's shoes.

Elvis Presley

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.


A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded

Tyne Daly

A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.

Whitney Balliett

The difference between critics and audiences is that one is a group of humans and one is not

Edward Albee

The critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.

Pauline Kael

In the finest critics one hears the full cry of the human. They tell one why it matters to read.

Harold Bloom

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.

Hugo Black

Theology, not morality, is the first business on the church's agenda of reform, and the church, not society, is the first target of divine criticism

Michael Scott Horton

Criticism is easy, art is difficult

Philippe Destouches

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

Kenneth Tynan

Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free.

Nat King Cole

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.

Winston Churchill

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.

Ani Difranco

I'll write, because I'll give - You critics means to live; For should I not supply - The cause, the effect would die

Robert Herrick

The strength of criticism lies only in the weakness of the thing criticized

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.

Kenneth Tynan

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.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

Mariah Carey

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.

Martin Amis

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