Critics don’t buy records. They get ’em free.

Contemporary criticism only represents the amount of ignorance genius has to contend with.

Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.

I love criticism just so long as it’s unqualified praise.

The pleasure of criticizing robs us of the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things

Criticism, whatever may be its pretensions, never does more than to define the impression which is made upon it at a certain moment by a work wherein the writer himself noted the impression of the world which he received at a certain hour.

What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense

Court not the critic’s smile nor dread his frown

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.

All critics should be assassinated.

It is ridiculous for any man to criticize the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances

The difference between critics and audiences is that one is a group of humans and one is not

They criticize me for harping on the obvious – If all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves

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

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

Critics don’t bother me because if I do badly, I know I’m bad before they even write it. And if I’m good, I know I’m good. I know best about myself, so a critic doesn’t anger me.

Critics generally come to be critics by reason not of their fitness for this but of their unfitness for anything else. Books should be tried by a judge and jury as though they were crimes, and counsel should be heard on both sides.

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well; the chiefest part of which is to observe those excellencies which delight a reasonable reader

Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.

The lot of critics is to be remembered by what they failed to understand.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded

I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.

To make a criticism is a bit like complaining about the shape of the Pyramids.

A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.

A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by.

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing

A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.

Critics like to build you up, tear you down, and then, if you’re lucky, build you up again.

Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn’t, he should be ashamed of himself.

The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author

A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.

Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.

Literary criticism, now almost entirely confined to the universities, thus moves against talent by moving against the canon. Academic preferment will not come from a respectful study of Wordsworth’s poetics; it will come from a challenging study of his politics – his attitude to the poor, say, or his unconscious ‘valorization’ of Napoleon; and it will come still faster if you ignore Wordsworth and elevate some (justly) neglected contemporary, by which process the canon may be quietly and steadily sapped.

Never criticize your spouse’s faults; if it weren’t for them, your mate might have found someone better than you

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.

One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself

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.

Self-criticism sessions were held, but these produced more criticism than could usefully be absorbed or accomodated.

There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife – a tyrannical midwife.

What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.

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

The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason, whatever it may discover; and to promulgate the determinations of truth, whatever she shall dictate

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going

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.

Critics, like the rest of mankind, are very frequently misled by interest

Children need models rather than critics.

Just let me go, we have to be able to criticize what we love, to say what we have to say ’cause if you’re not trying to make something better, then as far as I can tell, you are just in the way.

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.

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

I’ll write, because I’ll give – You critics means to live; For should I not supply – The cause, the effect would die

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

When the shallow critics denounce the profit motive inherent in our system of private enterprise, they ignore the fact that it is an economic support of every human right we possess and without it, all rights would soon disappear

Don’t pay any attention to the critics-don’t even ignore them.

One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.