Criticism Quotes

“When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine.”

– Pablo Picasso

“People tend to criticize their spouse most loudly in the area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need.”

– Gary Chapman

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

– Jean de La Bruyère

“You sounded like Dolly parton on helium.”
(After kristy lee cook of season 7 on american idol,sang her country rendition of the Beatles'”Eight Days A Week.)”

– Simon Cowell

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

– Gustave Flaubert, November

“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”

– Neil Gaiman

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

“I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic.”

– Leonard Bernstein

“The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.”

– G.K. Chesterton

“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Anyone who has the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of [two] facts: first, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are twenty-five elderly gentlemen living in the neighbourhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult to the chastity of their aunts.”

– Virginia Woolf

“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

“Criticism is just someone else’s opinion. Even people who are experts in their ?elds 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

“That was excellently observed’, say I, when I read a passage in an author, where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I pronounce him to be mistaken.”

– Jonathan Swift

“Everything in our background has prepared us to know and resist a prison when the gates begin to close around us . . . But what if there are no cries of anguish to be heard? Who is prepared to take arms against a sea of amusements? To whom do we complain, and when, and in what tone of voice, when serious discourse dissolves into giggles? What is the antidote to a culture’s being drained by laughter?”

– Neil Postman

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

– Winston S. Churchill

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

– John Wooden

“But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.”

– Eric Wright

“It’s far easier to write why something is terrible than why it’s good. If you’re reviewing a film and you decide “This is a movie I don’t like,” basically you can take every element of the film and find the obvious flaw, or argue that it seems ridiculous, or like a parody of itself, or that it’s not as good as something similar that was done in a previous film. What’s hard to do is describe why you like something. Because ultimately, the reason things move people is very amorphous. You can be cerebral about things you hate, but most of the things you like tend to be very emotive.”

– Chuck Klosterman

“Eccentricity is not, as some would believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.”

– Edith Sitwell