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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Critics and Criticism (219 Quotations)

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There's a fine line between participation and mockery.
~ Scott Adams

 

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Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
~ Joseph Addison

 

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Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
~ Theodor W. Adorno

 

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Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.
~ Leo Aikman

 

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The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.
~ Nelson Algren

 

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Criticism should be a casual conversation.
~ W. H. Auden

 

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The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
~ W. H. Auden

 

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I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
~ Charles Barkley

 

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It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism should be partial, passionate and political, that is to say, written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

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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

 

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Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
~ John Berger

 

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Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
~ Bible

 

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The covers of this book are too far apart.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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A good writer is not necessarily a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.
~ Jim Bishop

 

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Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.
~ Crand Briton

 

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

 

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Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.
~ William S. Burroughs

 

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