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Quotes And Sayings About Criticism

Criticism Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Criticism

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Few are there that will leave the secure seclusion of the scholar's life, the peaceful walks of literature and learning, to stand out a target for the criticism of unkind and hostile minds.
~By Felix Adler ~


One of the things that upset me was some of the criticism leveled at Simon and Garfunkel. I always took exception to it, but actually I agree with a lot of it.
~By Paul Simon ~


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.
~By Harold Bloom ~


I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
~By Charles Schwab ~


Early in the morning, I fell in love with the girl that later on became my wife. At that time, we were so naive. I wanted to charm her, so I read her Capital by Marx. I thought somehow she would be convinced by the strength of his criticism about capital.
~By Shimon Peres ~


Be kind and considerate with your criticism... It's just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.
~By Malcolm Cowley ~


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.
~By Jo Brand ~


As a piece of literacy criticism, Freud's best writing is about Dostoyevsky. It's a kind of displaced literacy criticism.
~By Dennis Potter ~


I think that's unjustified criticism. We have had a number of measures in place in this country for several years to mitigate the possibility of mad cow spreading in this country. We have found a single case.
~By Ann Veneman ~


It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
~By John Wooden ~


I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
~By Harold MacMillan ~


Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.
~By Franklin P. Jones ~


Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.
~By Edmund Husserl ~


Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
~By Joseph Addison ~


Politics calls for robust debate and criticism, but this should never descend to personal and demeaning slurs.
~By Kim Beazley ~


I think that my main criticism in that book was directed at the general assumption that adaptation characterizes populations and species, rather than simply the individuals in the populations and species.
~By George C. Williams ~


There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.
~By Robert M. Hutchins ~


I think Mr. Clarke had a tendency to interfere too much with the activities of the CIA, and our leadership at the senior level let him interfere too much. So criticism from him I kind of wear as a badge of honor.
~By Michael Scheuer ~


Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
~By Karl Popper ~


Graham Greene, as I understand it, was quite outspoken in his criticism of American foreign policy.
~By Brendan Fraser ~


I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.
~By Victoria Woodhull ~


Also, the commercial media in a superior position, really, to any other corporate lobby, because where would people hear about commercial media or corporate media criticism, where would they hear criticism of them other than in the commercial media?
~By Robert McChesney ~


For years Don Imus was just - boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt.
~By Dan Rather ~


Association with my pupils has kept me young in my work. Criticism of their work has kept my own point of view clear.
~By William Merritt Chase ~


All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science.
~By Leslie Fiedler ~


Directors who turn into big babies and shut out criticism stop learning.
~By Richard King ~


To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
~By Franz Grillparzer ~


But, when I had this feeling and started painting sacred art, as I had this feeling to do, then it come to me: my problem is I'll get a lot of criticism and another problem is my work's not good enough to sell.
~By Howard Finster ~


What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.
~By Octavio Paz ~


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


The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
~By Susan Sontag ~


The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
~By Norman Vincent Peale ~


Most criticism of advertising is written in ignorance of what actually happens inside these agencies.
~By Michael Schudson ~


I'm fairly competant as a director and actor, but I am Mr. Neurotic as a writer. I just don't have enough confidence in my abilities to take criticism well. I take it personally. Start with 'It's a masterpiece,' and then tell me what you think could be changed.
~By Tim Robbins ~


I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
~By Jean Rostand ~


And I have to say, I agree with some of the criticisms that some have made about that state program which allocates the grant money on a very rigid formula all across the country, with a certain percentage to each state.
~By Michael Chertoff ~


I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.
~By Van Morrison ~


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


Conservative New Testament studies could also provide an intellectually satisfying alternative to German biblical criticism and to the liberal theology that accompanied it.
~By John Gresham Machen ~


In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
~By Edgar Allan Poe ~


Anytime you put a movie out it's subject to such scrutiny and such criticism.
~By Halle Berry ~


Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
~By H. L. Mencken ~


I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise.
~By Noel Coward ~


So as an amateur Olympic competitor I loved criticism, because it made me better. But now as a professional I don't really know how to channel it or where to take it, so I don't take it quite as well.
~By Scott Hamilton ~


Criticism starts - it has to start - with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems.
~By Harold Bloom ~


Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.
~By Donald Rumsfeld ~


We've got a daunting enough task to provide a definitive account of what happened in 9/11, without fear or favor, something that will last and will survive criticism over time. And we think we can do that with integrity in a bipartisan report.
~By Richard Ben Veniste ~


The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
~By Charles Buxton ~


I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
~By Henry David Thoreau ~


You can't operate a company by fear, because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism. And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.
~By Steve Ross ~


The most destructive criticism is indifference.
~By Edgar Watson Howe ~


Neither praise or blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism.
~By William Gilmore Simms ~


Dare to risk public criticism.
~By Mary Kay Ash ~


My criticism is too severe sometimes and that is not good. But why don't you start doing your work unless your leader flies into a rage? It is not that you cannot do it but that you don't want to do it.
~By Zhu Rongji ~


Of course the French are making very credible movies and it is still one of the greatest nations in terms of world cinema but the real problem is the decay in film criticism.
~By Wim Wenders ~


The supposed inferiority of a constructed language to a national one on the score of richness of connotation is, of course, no criticism of the idea of a constructed language.
~By Edward Sapir ~


A state that suppresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.
~By Kurt Huber ~


Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
~By Henry Steele Commager ~


For all my criticisms of the current system, it doesn't mean that I would like to return to the old one.
~By Helen Suzman ~


That does not mean that we must forego just and fair criticism, or refrain from opposition to policies which are debatable or which do not command our approval.
~By Bainbridge Colby ~


I think there are different ways of being rigorous, and I am asking people to be as rigorous in their pleasure as in their criticism.
~By Barbara Kruger ~


Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.
~By E. M. Forster ~


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


Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all, is a conservative critic.
~By A. E. Housman ~


One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
~By Charles Horton Cooley ~


Christ, he was paranoid about criticism. I used to say: why doesn't he worry about the team and forget what people are saying? He got Phil Thompson, who was a kid coming through when I was a Liverpool player, to have a go at me. So now I don't talk to him.
~By Ian St. John ~


I think my work shows that I love women. I understand where these types of criticisms are coming from because black people have been so dogged out in the media, they're just extra sensitive.
~By Spike Lee ~


The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by people's praise and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism. I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can.
~By Russell Crowe ~


Colonial governors and senior civil servants are not easy people to argue with, and I was not popular because of my criticism of the colonial service in Kenya.
~By Louis Leakey ~


I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
~By Ezra Pound ~


You have to laugh, you have to be able to take criticism.
~By Tina Yothers ~


I mean no film is beyond criticism, but I think we've made a very modest movie.
~By Walter Hill ~


Silence is sometimes the severest criticism.
~By Charles Buxton ~


In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
~By Enid Bagnold ~


Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
~By Harry S. Truman ~


In this age of consumerism film criticism all over the world - in America first but also in Europe - has become something that caters for the movie industry instead of being a counterbalance.
~By Wim Wenders ~


If I were white, I'd get less criticism.
~By Lenny Kravitz ~


I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
~By Johann Kepler ~


But I think the bottom line right now is to take the constructive criticism and use that to build toward, as I say, the hurricane season that is 100 days away. And we don't have a lot of time to waste before we start to address that next set of challenges.
~By Michael Chertoff ~


I think the hardest part about being a teenager is dealing with other teenagers - the criticism and the ridicule, the gossip and rumors.
~By Beverley Mitchell ~


I don't take criticism lying down.
~By William Westmoreland ~


Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism, that the standards of the past have gone, are very offended about the quality of film criticism.
~By Wim Wenders ~


After the many rumours that we had heard about Hitler and the published criticisms we had read about him, we were pleasantly impressed. His appearance was neither pretentious nor affected.
~By Hjalmar Schacht ~


Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
~By Henry Miller ~


Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
~By Milan Kundera ~


The English can be a very critical, unforgiving people, but criticism can be good. And this is a country that loves comedy.
~By Bjork ~


There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife - a tyrannical midwife.
~By Stephen Spender ~


I'm vulnerable to criticism. Any artist is, because you work alone in your studio and, until recently, critics were the only way you'd get any feedback.
~By Howard Hodgkin ~


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.
~By Helen Rowland ~


Lovers of literature will look for the remains of the golden treasure in that shipwreck on the bottom of the sea of criticism.
~By Josef Skvorecky ~


In every society in human history, including the United States, those in power seek to imbue themselves with the attributes of religion and patriotism as a way of getting greater support for their policy and insulating themselves from any criticism.
~By George J. Mitchell ~


I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love.
~By Robert Frank ~


I believe in criticism.
~By Paul Anka ~


Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
~By Joseph Conrad ~


I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life - to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one's neighbors.
~By Robert W. Service ~


In a way, I have to have a dictatorship. I can't be told that I'm wrong. That conflicts with what I was saying earlier about listening. It isn't to do with receiving criticism and responding to other views, it's who has that last decision.
~By Trevor Nunn ~


Time and time again I was told that I would never make the film on time and never make it on budget. That kind of criticism tends to turn me into a great big motor of efficiency.
~By Richard E. Grant ~


Perhaps it would be better for science, that all criticism should be avowed.
~By Charles Babbage ~

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