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Criticism quotes and quotations

Ill writers are usually the sharpest censors.
John Dryden

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.
Abraham Lincoln

Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled "wrong.".
Raymond Smullyan

Each generation produces its squad of "moderns" with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.
Channing Pollock

All who (like him) have writ ill plays before, For they, like thieves, condemned, are hangman made, To execute the members of their trade.
John Dryden

Reviewers are forever telling authors they can't understand them. The author might often reply: Is that my fault?
A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

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

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Blame is safer than praise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"I'm an owl: you're another. Sir Critic, good day." And the barber kept on shaving.
James Thomas Fields

I never give them hell; I just tell them the truth and they think it is hell.
Harry S. Truman

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Edith Wharton

Blame where you must, be candid where you can, And be each critic the Good-natured Man.
Oliver Goldsmith

You know who critics are?--the men who have failed in literature and art.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

It is much easier to be critical that to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.
Isaac D'Israeli

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, They damn those authors whom they never read.
Charles Churchill

No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Harold Rosenberg

Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, etc., if they could: they have tried their talents at one or the other, and have failed; therefore they turn critics.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Henry Fielding

There are come Critics so with Spleen diseased, They scarcely come inclining to be pleased: And sure he must have more than mortal Skill, Who please one against his Will.
William Congreve

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
Donald H. Rumsfeld

Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius

Too nicely Jonson knew the critic's part, Nature in him was almost lost in art.
William Collins

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But, spite of all the criticising elves, Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.
Charles Churchill

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Kurt Vonnegut

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

A servile race Who, in mere want of fault, all merit place; Who blind obedience pay to ancient schools, Bigots to Greece, and slaves to musty rules.
Charles Churchill

They who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write, Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite.
John Dryden

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Native American Proverb

I criticize by creation--not by finding fault.
Charles Churchill

Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
Walter Winchell

The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.
Mark Twain

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot

I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
Richard Pryor

Who shall dispute what the Reviewers say? Their word's sufficient; and to ask a reason, In such a state as theirs, is downright treason.
Charles Churchill

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden

Said the pot to the kettle, "Get away, blackface."

Honest criticism is hard to take - especially when it comes from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin Jones

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
W. Somerset Maugham

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

As soon Seek roses in December--ice in June, Hope, constancy in wind, or corn in chaff; Believe a woman or an epitaph, Or any other thing that's false, before You trust in critics.
Lord Byron

Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.

Criticism is easy, and art is difficult.
Phillipe V. Destouches

Those who do not read criticism will rarely merit to be criticised.
Isaac D'Israeli

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
Somerset Maugham

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Alexander Pope