Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
Now in reality, the world has paid too great a compliment to critics, and has imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world - though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst - the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.
Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
You have to laugh, you have to be able to take criticism.
What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.
Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected.
Those who never sail stormy waters are the quickest and harshest judges of bad seamanship.
It's much worse to read criticism about your son than yourself.
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
What a blessed thing it is, that Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left!
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.
Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.
One mustn't criticize other people on grounds where he can't stand perpendicular himself
Give no time to finding fault of criticism.
It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. ... If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive. ... If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident. ... If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.
I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.
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