Criticism Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Criticism

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The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
~By Wole Soyinka ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


You are never really prepared for criticism.
~By Barry Gibb ~


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 ~


There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher, as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms he may think undeservedly severe.
~By Charles Babbage ~


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 ~


National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services.
~By Corazon Aquino ~


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


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


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 ~


Never feel that a piece of criticism or advice is too much trouble to give, or that it exceeds your province.
~By Lord Mountbatten ~


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 ~


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 believe in criticism.
~By Paul Anka ~


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


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 ~


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


Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view, instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
~By Walter Pater ~


The culture of independent film criticism has totally gone down the drain and this seems to come with the territory of the consumer age that we are now living in.
~By Wim Wenders ~


Dodi got a lot of criticism when he began dating Princess Diana. No one seemed to think he was good enough for her.
~By Lorna Luft ~


The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
~By William Gilmore Simms ~


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


There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds.
~By G. H. Hardy ~


In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc.
~By Juan Goytisolo ~


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 ~


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


Political criticism is our enemies' best friend.
~By Bernard Kerik ~


For the first half of this century, High Court judges have been cautious to the point of timidity in expressing any criticism of governmental action; the independence of the judiciary has been of a decidedly subordinate character.
~By Ferdinand Mount ~


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


Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people's criticisms, carry out your plan.
~By Paul J. Meyer ~


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


I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism.
~By Titus Maccius Plautus ~


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


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 ~


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 ~


Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.
~By Kingsley Amis ~


Give no time to finding fault of criticism.
~By Marvin J. Ashton ~


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 ~


Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism.
~By Alan Jay Lerner ~


Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.
~By Wendell Phillips ~


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


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 ~


This issue, if not addressed, leaves any President, including George Bush, open to the criticism that they are essentially ignoring the destruction of the nation and I believe that with all my heart.
~By Tom Tancredo ~


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 ~


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


The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of the theory of evolution in the classroom.
~By Phyllis Schlafly ~


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.
~By Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ~


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.
~By Jo Bonner ~


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


The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.
~By Walter Benjamin ~


I think the big thing I've had going for me in that regard has been the success of the league. I don't have quite as much control over things as people believe, so I frequently receive more credit than I deserve, and occasionally more criticism as well.
~By Pete Rozelle ~


Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think, creation's.
~By E. M. Forster ~


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 ~


I'll tell you, I think that the Internet has provided an enormous boost to film criticism by giving people an opportunity to self publish or to find sites that are friendly.
~By Roger Ebert ~


Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.
~By George Jean Nathan ~


A university's essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism - a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.
~By Richard Hofstadter ~


Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It's Stalinism without Stalin.
~By Harold Bloom ~


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 ~


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


If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck's back.
~By Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards ~


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


The German national character is a favorite subject of character experts, probably because the less mature a nation, the more she is an object of criticism and not of history.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


Dramatic experience is not logical; it may be subdued to the kind of coherence that we indicate when we speak, in criticism, of form.
~By Allen Tate ~


There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


In a way, a certain amount of self-criticism is a good thing, because it keeps you humble. Realizing that no matter what success you've achieved, you can still make enemies makes you humble, too.
~By Lynn Johnston ~


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 ~


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


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 ~


Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
~By Balthus ~


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 would guess that any criticism about Wal-Mart could have some element of truth with 1,500,000 people.
~By Lee Scott ~


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 ~


The other part of our proposal that gets the 'dittoheads' upset is our suggestion that the commercial radio station owners either play by the rules or pay. In other words, if they don't want to be subject to local criticism of how they are meeting their license obligations, they should pay to support public broadcasters who will operate on behalf of the local community.
~By Mark Lloyd ~


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 ~


I mean, the part you don't like, I mean, that's the only part. That's the part no one likes, and that is the criticisms, and the unfair criticisms, I might add, of my husband. But that's also just a fact of life in politics.
~By Laura Bush ~


Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.
~By Howard Mumford Jones ~


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 ~


Though bitter, good medicine cures illness. Though it may hurt, loyal criticism will have beneficial effects.
~By Sima Qian ~


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.
~By Helen Rowland ~


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


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 ~


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


The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
~By Walter Benjamin ~


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 ~


Somehow I took whatever criticism there was very much to heart.
~By Dusty Springfield ~


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 ~


Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


We can do things the cheap way, the simple way, for the short-term and without regard for the future. Or, we can make the extra effort, do the hard work, absorb the criticism and make decisions that will cause a better future.
~By Mike Rounds ~


There is more criticism of puritanism, and more distance from Christian morality, than there has been before.
~By Susie Bright ~


Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
~By Emile M. Cioran ~


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 ~


Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years.
~By Albert Ellis ~


Despite a decade of criticism and budget cuts, the specialised UN agencies have far more expertise and hands-on experience than any other organisations in the world.
~By Jeffrey Sachs ~


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


The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.
~By William James ~


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


Everything is entertainment; criticism is now entertainment and it seems that the French directors have woken up one day and suddenly realised that they were not backed up any more.
~By Wim Wenders ~

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