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There's a fine line between participation and mockery.

Author: Scott Adams

Profession: American Cartoonist, "Dilbert"

Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.

Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.

Author: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969)

Profession: German Philosopher, Sociologist, Music Critic

Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else.

Author: Leo Aikman


The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.

Author: Nelson Algren (1909-1981)

Profession: American Author

Criticism should be a casual conversation.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.

Author: Charles Barkley

Profession: American Basketball Player

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

To be just, that is to say, to justify its existence, criticism should be partial, passionate and political, that is to say, written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.

Author: Bible

Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian