Quotations on Criticism

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Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Criticism, Defense, Obscurity)

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.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Life, Criticism, Learning, Literature, Will)

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Sympathy, Criticism, First)

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Faith, Thought, Action, Criticism, Doubt, Order, Reflection)

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.
- Kingsley Amis
(Keywords: Action, Virtue, Criticism, First, Self)

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.
- Corazon Aquino
(Keywords: Government, Criticism, Leaders, Media)

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Beauty, Life, Truth, Poetry, Criticism, Laws)

Criticism really used to hurt me. Most of these critics are usually frustrated artists, and they criticise other people's art because they can't do it themselves. It's a really disgusting job. They must feel horrible inside.
- Rosanna Arquette
(Keywords: Art, People, Artists, Criticism, Hurt, Job)

Dare to risk public criticism.
- Mary Kay Ash
(Keywords: Criticism, Public, Risk)

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
- Mary Kay Ash
(Keywords: Criticism, Praise)

Maybe it's legitimate criticism, though it can be hurtful. Maybe I haven't paid sufficient attention to the people with whom I would have a natural affinity as a liberal, and they feel let down by that.
- Paddy Ashdown
(Keywords: People, Attention, Criticism, Liberal)

Give no time to finding fault of criticism.
- Marvin J. Ashton
(Keywords: Time, Criticism, Fault)

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.
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Keywords: Change, Work, Criticism, Praise, Principles, Value)

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.
- Enid Bagnold
(Keywords: Marriage, Wedding, Accusations, Criticism, Luxury, Manners, May)

There is one criticism which cannot be leveled at interparliamentary conferences but which is applicable to a great extent to peace congresses: the meetings waste time.
- Fredrik Bajer
(Keywords: Peace, Time, Criticism, Meetings, Waste)

I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Intelligence, Knowledge, Character, Censure, Criticism, Respect, Right)

Great companies have high cultures of accountability, it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before, and I think our culture is strong on that.
- Steve Ballmer
(Keywords: Criticism, Culture, Talking)

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
- Balthus
(Keywords: Experience, Work, Consciousness, Criticism, Painting, Self, Struggle)

I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn't like blue.
- Cecil Beaton
(Keywords: Criticism, Dress, Woman)

Politics calls for robust debate and criticism, but this should never descend to personal and demeaning slurs.
- Kim Beazley
(Keywords: Politics, Criticism, Debate)

The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Art, Ideas, Criticism, Fashion)

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.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Art, Criticism, Enjoyment, Public)

The English can be a very critical, unforgiving people, but criticism can be good. And this is a country that loves comedy.
- Bjork
(Keywords: People, Comedy, Country, Criticism, English)

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Government, Criticism, Free speech, Freedom, Press, Right)

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.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Criticism, Literature)

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.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Love, Adolescence, Criticism, Passion, Poems, Reading)

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.
- Jo Bonner
(Keywords: Time, Criticism, Help, May, Neighbors, Victims)

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.
- Jo Brand
(Keywords: People, Criticism, Old, Will)

Silence is sometimes the severest criticism.
- Charles Buxton
(Keywords: Criticism, Silence)

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.
- Michael Chertoff
(Keywords: Time, Criticism, Now, Right, Waste)

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Attention, Body, Criticism, May, Pain, State)

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.
- Frank Howard Clark
(Keywords: Growth, Criticism, Man, Rain)

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.
- Bainbridge Colby
(Keywords: Approval, Criticism, Opposition)

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.
- Henry Steele Commager
(Keywords: Men, Patriotism, Authority, Criticism, Will)

Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Criticism, Expression, Garden, Letters)

I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise.
- Noel Coward
(Keywords: Love, Criticism, Praise)

I'm still trying to discover my position on my own artwork and hopefully at this exhibition someone will come and tell me. I'm open to listening to criticism.
- Graham Coxon
(Keywords: Criticism, Listening, Open, Trying, Will)

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.
- Russell Crowe
(Keywords: Work, People, Criticism, Praise, Trying)

If you're going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can't be politically correct when you do that.
- John Cusack
(Keywords: Absurdity, Criticism, Satire)

Spanking and verbal criticism have become, to many parents, more important tools of child rearing than approval.
- Phil Donahue
(Keywords: Approval, Criticism, Parents, Tools)

I think the criticism that I take to heart is from other writers that I respect.
- Steve Earle
(Keywords: Heart, Criticism, Respect, Writers)

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.
- Roger Ebert
(Keywords: People, Opportunity, Criticism, Film, Giving, Internet, Self)

Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years.
- Albert Ellis
(Keywords: People, Criticism, Years)

I'm easy to work with, not a pushover, but I respond to criticism and find it inspiring.
- Ben Elton
(Keywords: Work, Criticism, Inspiring)

The best thing I can think of would be to create a union between something as beautiful and powerful and wonderful as Hollywood films and a criticism of the status quo. That's my dream, to make such a German film.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder
(Keywords: Dream, Criticism, Film, Hollywood)

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.
- Howard Finster
(Keywords: Art, Work, Criticism, Feeling, Painting)

The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.
- Gustave Flaubert
(Keywords: Work, Criticism, Fleas)

Two cheers for Democracy; one because it admits variety, and two because it permits criticism.
- E. M. Forster
(Keywords: Criticism, Democracy, Variety)

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
- E. M. Forster
(Keywords: Criticism, Variety)

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.
- Robert Frank
(Keywords: Life, Love, Criticism, Indifference, Opinion)



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