Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover either for grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much-cherished aspect of academic freedom.
Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
The most destructive criticism is indifference.
I have been both praised and criticized. The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more. To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me.
Dodi got a lot of criticism when he began dating Princess Diana. No one seemed to think he was good enough for her.
I think the hardest part about being a teenager is dealing with other teenagers - the criticism and the ridicule, the gossip and rumors.
Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.
What we don't need in country music is divisiveness, public criticism of each other, and some arbitrary judgement of what belongs and what doesn't.
For years Don Imus was just - boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt.
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public.
A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little; but her criticism goes straight to his heart, and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her.
The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
There is no just and serene criticism as yet.
It would be very easy for us to do a collection that everybody would like and not criticize. But criticism is a part of life. You have to take it.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
It's easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It's a lot more difficult to perform one.
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