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A book reviewer is usually a barker before the door of a publishers circus.
The legitimate aim of criticism is to direct attention to the excellent. The bad will dig its own grave and the imperfect may safely be left to that final neglect from which no amount of present undeserved popularity can rescue it.
Christian Nestell Bovee Category: Crisis
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of ones self; To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Crisis
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
Christopher Hampton Category: Crisis
I do not resent criticism even when for the sake of emphasis it parts for the time with reality.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Crisis
You puff the poets of other days The living you deplore. Spare me the accolade: your praise Is not worth dying for.
Marcus Valerius Martialis Category: Crisis
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Norman Vincent Peale Category: Crisis
You know who critics are?the men who have failed in literature and art.
Benjamin Disraeli Category: Crisis
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
Wilson Mizner Category: Crisis
Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.
John Churton Collins Category: Crisis
Unjust criticism is usually disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealously and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead log.
Dale Carnegie Category: Crisis
Honest criticism is hard to take particularly from a relative a friend an acquaintance or a stranger.
Franklin P. Jones Category: Crisis
There is no virtue in being uncritical; nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead and since the world lives by creative and constructive forces and not by negation and destruction it is better to grow up in the company of prophets than of critics.
Richard Livingstone Category: Crisis
It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.
Boris Yeltsin Category: Crisis
Criticism like rain should be gentle enough to nourish a mans growth without destroying his roots.
Frank A. Clark Category: Crisis
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis Category: Crisis
There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.
Joseph Addison Category: Crisis
Criticism is more effective when it sounds like praise.
Arnold H. Glasow Category: Crisis
A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
George Bernard Shaw Category: Crisis
Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
Ashleigh Brilliant Category: Crisis
Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure which is useful to praise which deceives them.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Category: Crisis
The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.
Jean de la Bruyere Category: Crisis
I criticize by creation not by finding fault.
Marcus Tullius Cicero Category: Crisis
CRITIC n. A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Crisis
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
Dorothy Parker Category: Crisis
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how its done theyve seen it done every day but theyre unable to do it themselves.
Brendan Behan Category: Crisis
Don't criticize your wife's judgment look whom she married.
Unknown Category: Crisis
Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
H. Jackson Brown Category: Crisis
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Jonathan Swift Category: Crisis
Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other peoples if we are always criticizing trivial actions which often are not real defects at all but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.
Saint Teresa of Avila Category: Crisis
Answer them [critics] with silence and indifference. It works better I assure you than anger and argument... .
Gioacchino Rossini Category: Crisis
So Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
Edward Morgan E. M. Forster Category: Crisis
A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
Proverb Category: Crisis
The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
George Bancroft Category: Crisis
A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
James Russell Lowell Category: Crisis
Flatter me and I may not believe you. Criticize me and I may not like you. Ignore me and I may not forgive you. Encourage me and I may not forget you
William Arthur Ward Category: Crisis
Your manuscript is both good and original; But the part that is good is not original And the part that is original is not good.
Samuel Johnson Category: Crisis
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
Abraham Lincoln Category: Crisis
I saw this show under adverse circumstances--my seat was facing the stage. [On Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down.]
John David Klein Category: Crisis
Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.
Jean Sibelius Category: Crisis
Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
Edgar Watson Ed Howe Category: Crisis
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.
Susan Taylor Category: Crisis
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Category: Crisis
People who like this sort of thing will find this is the sort of thing they like.
Richard Milhouse Nixon Category: Crisis
Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.
Howard Mumford Jones Category: Crisis
I must be cruel only to be kind.
William Shakespeare Category: Crisis