Brilliant people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. Small people talk about other people.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Author: John Updike (1932)
Profession: American Novelist, Critic
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's ''mature'' critics often are.
Author: Alice Walker (1944)
Profession: American Author, Critic
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, ''Oh, I don't like it.'' One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
Author: Denzel Washington (1954)
Profession: American Actor
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Author: Rebecca West (1892-1983)
Profession: British Author
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
Author: Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
Profession: American Author
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Author: James Mcneill Whistler (1834-1903)
Profession: American Artist
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
Author: Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)
Profession: American Novelist, Playwright