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Critics And Criticism Quotes

The covers of this book are too far apart.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

A good writer is not necessarily a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.

Author: Jim Bishop

Profession:

Satire is often the reflection of a kind of moral nausea.

Author: Crand Briton

Profession:

Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.

Author: Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Profession: Scottish Poet

Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free-floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention.

Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Profession: American Writer

Self-laudation abounds among the unpolished, but nothing can stamp a man more sharply as ill-bred.

Author: Charles Buxton (1823-1871)

Profession: British Author

The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.

Author: Charles Buxton (1823-1871)

Profession: British Author

A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

Critics are already made.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.

Author: Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

Profession: American Author, Trainer

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.

Author: Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

Profession: American Author, Trainer

In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.

Author: Charles Edwin Carruthers

Profession:

I remember when I was in college, people told me I couldn't play in the NBA. There's always somebody saying you can't do it, and those people have to be ignored.

Author: Bill Cartwright

Profession: American Basketball Player