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Criticism Quotes - Quotations and Proverbs on Criticism

  1. 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. – George Jean Nathan
  2. Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. – Samuel Johnson
  3. Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship. – Zeuxis
  4. I love criticism just so long as it’s unqualified praise. – Noel Coward
  5. People ask you for criticism; but they only want praise. – Somerset Maugham
  6. As far as criticism is concerned, we don’t resent that unless it is absolutely biased, as it is in most cases. – John Vorster
  7. Criticism of public men is a welcome sign of public awakening. It keeps workers on the alert. – Jawaharlal Nehru
  8. Throughout my life I have gained more from my critic friends than from my admirers. – M. K. Gandhi
  9. A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car. – Kenneth Tynan
  10. Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art. – Disraeli
  11. A good critic is one who narrates the adventures of his mind among masterpieces. – Anatole France
  12. 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. – Holmes
  13. If the critics were always right, we should be in deep trouble. – Robert Morley
  14. As a bankrupt thief turns thief-taker in despair, so an unsuccessful author turns critic. – Shelley
  15. Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honour of a critic. – Jean Sibelius
  16. A critic is a legless man who teaches running. – Channing Pollock
  17. The critic to interpret his artist, even to understand his artist must be able to get into the mind of his artist; he must feel and comprehend the vast pressure of the creative passion. – H. L. Mencken
  18. Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, it they could: they have tried their talents at one or the other and have failed; therefore they turn critics. – S. T. Coleridge
  19. Never answer a critic, unless he’s right. – Bernard M. Baruch
  20. A critic is a man created to praise greater men than himself, but he is never able to find them. – Richard Le Gallienne
  21. It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. - Disraeli

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