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Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, they damn those authors whom they never read.

Author: Charles Churchill (1731-1764)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule to never criticize or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

He cannot be strict in judging, who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

They condemn what they do not understand.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.

Author: E. M. Cioran (1911)

Profession: Rumanian-born French Philosopher

Unlike other people, our reviewers are powerful because they believe in nothing.

Author: Harold Clurman


What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

Critics are usually kinder to cheaper movies than to those they perceive to be big Hollywood releases. They cut you a lot more slack if you spend less money, which makes no sense.

Author: Ethan Coen (1957)

Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer

Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.

Author: Jackie Collins

Profession: American Author, Sister of Joan Collins

In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.

Author: William Congreve (1670-1729)

Profession: British Dramatist

I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic