Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.
A great deal of contemporary criticism reads to me like a man saying, 'Of course I do not like green cheese. I am very fond of brown sherry.
Remember that all is opinion.
When I read the rules of criticism, I immediately inquire after the works of the author who has written them, and by that means discover what it is he likes in a composition.
In my wide association in life, meeting with many and great men in various parts of the world, I have yet to find the man, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism.
Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss.
In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
If you're going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire, you can't be politically correct when you do that.
No American soldier should be allowed to set foot on Iranian soil, regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government.
All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science.
So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere, to sincere criticism.
I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life - to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one's neighbors.
The culture of independent film criticism has totally gone down the drain and this seems to come with the territory of the consumer age that we are now living in.
The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.
If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.
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