Criticism Quotes And Sayings

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Criticism Quotes And Sayings


Criticism is the art of appraising others at one’s own value.”
– George Jean Nathan

“Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.”
– George Jean Nathan

“Well you know I’ve attracted a lot of criticism by, for example, suggesting that child benefit should be taken away from higher rate taxpaying families.”
– George Osborne

“Authors are far closer to the truths enfolded in mystery than ordinary people, because of that very audacity of imagination which irritates their plodding critics. As only those who dare to make mistakes succeed greatly, only those who shake free the wings of their imagination brush, once in a way, the secrets of the great pale world. If such writers go wrong, it is not for the mere brains to tell them so”
– Gertrude Atherton

“Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.”
– Gordon B. Hinckley

“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.”
– Gore Vidal

“People quickly grow accustomed to being the slaves of mystery.”
– Guillaume Apollinaire

“You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything”
– Gustave Flaubert

“The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.”
– Gustave Flaubert

“It feels like the more I’m out there in the public eye, the more criticism I get. You need to have confidence – that’s what it takes to walk out there and sing a song in front of a huge group of people.”
– Gwen Stefani

“Criticism is prejudice made plausible.”
– H. L. Mencken

“Anytime you put a movie out it’s subject to such scrutiny and such criticism.”
– Halle Berry

“Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.”
– Harry S. Truman

“He only profits from praise who values criticism.”
– Heinrich Heine

“A woman’s flattery may inflate a man’s head a little; but her criticism goes straight to his heart, and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her.”
– Helen Rowland

“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

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel

“These questions of taste, of feeling, of inheritance, need no settlement. Everyone carries his own inch-rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.”
– Henry Adams

“There is no just and serene criticism as yet.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.”
– Henry Miller

“The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”
– Herman Melville

“A man inherited a field in which was an accumulation of old stone, part of an older hall. Of the old stone some had already been used in building the house in which he actually lived, not far from the old house of his fathers. Of the rest he took some and built a tower. But his friends coming perceived at once (without troubling to climb the steps) that these stones had formerly belonged to a more ancient building. So they pushed the tower over, with no little labour, and in order to look for hidden carvings and inscriptions, or to discover whence the man’s distant forefathers had obtained their building material. Some suspecting a deposit of coal under the soil began to dig for it, and forgot even the stones. They all said: ‘This tower is most interesting.’ But they also said (after pushing it over): ‘What a muddle it is in!’ And even the man’s own descendants, who might have been expected to consider what he had been about, were heard to murmur: ‘He is such an odd fellow! Imagine using these old stones just to build a nonsensical tower! Why did not he restore the old house? he had no sense of proportion.’ But from the top of that tower the man had been able to look out upon the sea.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

“The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.”
РJean de La Bruyère

“The aim of language…is to communicate…to impart to others the results one has obtained…As I talk, I reveal the situation…I reveal it to myself and to others in order to change it.”
– Jean-Paul Sartre

“Jacques Derrida is a very important thinker and philosopher who has made serious contributions to both philosophy and literary criticism. Roland Barthes is the one I feel most affinity for, and Michel Foucault, well, his writing influenced my novel, ‘Middlesex.’”
– Jeffrey Eugenides

“If we wear our worst reviews like a backpack, they travel with us.”
– Jennifer Love Hewitt

“There has certainly been criticism of the timing involved in getting help to the victims of the storm, and much of it may indeed be warranted. However, this is not the time for pointing fingers; rather, it is the time for offering a helping hand to our neighbors in need.”
– Jo Bonner

“People say you should read your criticism because it will make you a better person but it doesn’t. It just makes you a sad bitter old showbiz nightmare.”
– Jo Brand

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