When I was on my way to the podium a gentleman stopped me and said I was as good a politician as I was an actor. What a cheap shot.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
Dare to risk public criticism.
The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
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.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.
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.
Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.
To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.
A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
If you have enough people sitting around telling you you're wonderful, then you start believing you're fabulous, then someone tells you you stink and you believe that too!
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.
A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.
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.
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