Quotes About Criticism

Quotes tagged as "criticism" (showing 91-120 of 493)
Calvin Coolidge
“If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.”
Calvin Coolidge

Rodolfo Costa
“Criticism is just someone else’s opinion. Even people who are experts in their fields are sometimes wrong. It is up to you to choose whether to believe some of it, none of it, or all of it. What you think is what counts.”
Rodolfo Costa, Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“The highest level than can be reached by a mediocre but experienced mind is a talent for uncovering the weaknesses of those greater than itself.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Johannes Kepler
“I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.”
Johannes Kepler

Michelangelo Buonarroti
“Critique by creating.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti

Carlos Fuentes
“I discovered very quickly that criticism is a form of optimism, and that when you are silent about the shortcomings of your society, you're very pessimistic about that society. And it's only when you speak truthfully about it that you show your faith in that society.”
Carlos Fuentes

“Surely it is the one who fears he is wrong who avoids criticism. The one who is sure he is right invites it. It only illuminates the strength of beliefs and makes them more available to others.”
David L. Wolfe, Epistemology: The Justification Of Belief

Susan Sontag
“Today is such a time, when the project of interpretation is largely reactionary, stifling. Like the fumes of the automobile and of heavy industry which befoul the urban atmosphere, the effusion of interpretations of art today poisons our sensibilities. In a culture whose already classical dilemma is the hypertrophy of the intellect at the expense of energy and sensual capability, interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.

Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world - in order to set up a shadow world of 'meanings.' It is to turn the world into this world. ('This world'! As if there were any other.)

The world, our world, is depleted, impoverished enough. Away with all duplicates of it, until we again experience more immediately what we have. ”
Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation and Other Essays

Northrop Frye
“A snowflake is probably quite unconscious of forming a crystal, but what it does may be worth study even if we are willing to leave its inner mental processes alone.”
Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays

Toba Beta
“If you say something and reject any criticism,
then your words truly meant to advise yourself.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Guillaume Apollinaire
“People quickly grow accustomed to being the slaves of mystery.”
Guillaume Apollinaire, The Cubist Painters

Charles Dickens
“I am no more annoyed when I think of the expression, than I should be annoyed by a man's opinion of a picture of mine, who had no eye for pictures; or of a piece of music of mine, who had no ear for music.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in it's place is a work extremely troublesome.”
Plutarch, Parallel Lives

Kurt Vonnegut
“She turned to examine Dr. Breed, looking at him with helpless reproach. She hated people who thought too much. At that moment, she struck me as an appropriate representative for almost all mankind.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Brigham Young
“If you are ever called upon to chasten a person, never chasten beyond the balm you have within you to bind up.”
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Volume 9

Chris Ware
“One of the most valuable things one of my art teachers said to me was, ‘Don’t get upset by criticism. Value the fact that at least someone noticed what you did.”
Chris Ware

Werner Heisenberg
“If we wanted to construct a basic philosophical attitude from these scientific utterances of Pauli's, at first we would be inclined to infer from them an extreme rationalism and a fundamentally skeptical point of view. In reality however, behind this outward display of criticism and skepticism lay concealed a deep philosophical interest even in those dark areas of reality of the human mind which elude the grasp of reason. And while the power of fascination emanating from Pauli's analyses of physical problems was admittedly due in some measure to the detailed and penetrating clarity of his formulations, the rest was derived from a constant contact with the field of creative processes, for which no rational formulation as yet exists.”
Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science

Kurt Schwitters
“This is what is known as perspective, and it is a swindle.”
Kurt Schwitters

George Gordon Byron
“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.”
George Gordon Byron

John Steinbeck
“In literary criticism the critic has no choice but to make over the victim of his attention into something the size and shape of himself.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Henry Adams
“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

Charles Simic
“In their effort to divorce language and experience, deconstructionist critics remind me of middle-class parents who do not allow their children to play in the street.”
Charles Simic, The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs

J.R. Ackerley
“[If] you are ready enough to pull my knitting to pieces, but provide none of your own, the only sock is a sock in the jaw!”
J.R. Ackerley

Roberto Bolaño
“Ivanov had been a party member since 1902. Back then he had tried to write stories in the manner of Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gorky, or rather he had tried to plagiarize them without much success, which led him, after long reflection (a whole summer night), to the astute decision that he should write in the manner of Odoevsky and Lazhechnikov. Fifty percent Odoevsky and fifty percent Lazhecknikov. This went over well, in part because readers, their memories mostly faulty, had forgotten poor Odoevsky (1803-1869) and poor Lazhechnikov (1792-1869), who died the same year, and in part because literary criticism, as keen as ever, neither extrapolated nor made the connection nor noticed a thing.”
Roberto Bolaño, 2666

Julie Ann Dawson
“You don’t create a diamond by rubbing it with fluffy bunny slippers. You need to apply pressure and heat. There are enough air-headed cheerleaders out there. We need more drill sergeants.”
Julie Ann Dawson

Jarod Kintz
“You could say my book is the best book ever (or worst book ever), and it wouldn’t make it any better (or worse) than it is. All art exists outside and beyond criticism.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

Jarod Kintz
“It’s easier to pick apart what is, than put together what isn’t.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

“Criticism is an act of love. We can never learn those people we love, but we can learn about them in such ways as to perceive more clearly that unfathomable, mysterious core that is the source of their beauty.”
Richard L. McGuire, Passionate Attention: An Introduction to Literary Study

Gertrude Atherton
“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, The Bell In The Fog & Other Stories

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