Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's 'mature' critics often are.
Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Don't criticize what you can't understand.
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.
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.
Analyses of others are actually expressions of our own needs and values
Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It's Stalinism without Stalin.
To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
I don't take criticism lying down.
To silence criticism is to silence freedom.
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism, are all too frequently those who . . . ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought.
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.
Reviewers, with some rare exceptions, are a most stupid and malignant race. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic.
You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.
Critics can be your most important friend. I don't read criticism of my stuff only because when it's bad, it's rough-and when it's good, it's not good enough.
Anytime you put a movie out it's subject to such scrutiny and such criticism.
The covers of this book are too far apart.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.
I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.
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