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Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.

Author: Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Profession: Thirtieth President of the USA

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.

Author: Elvis Costello (1955)

Profession: British-born American Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.

Author: Leonardo DiCaprio (1974)

Profession: American Actor

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.

Author: Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933)

Profession: American Protestant Clergyman and Writer

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.

Author: Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

Profession: American Theologian

We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of criticism.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

Blame is safer than praise.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

Author: Epictetus (50-120)

Profession: Stoic Philosopher