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Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.

Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Profession: Dutch Humanist

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.

Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)

Profession: American Novelist

In reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.

Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist

Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!

Author: Fannie Flagg


Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.

Author: Dr. Emmit Fox


The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Essays, entitled critical, are epistles addressed to the public, through which the mind of the recluse relieves itself of its impressions.

Author: Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

Profession: American Writer, Lecturer

There are two modes of criticism. One which crushes to earth without mercy all the humble buds of Phantasy, all the plants that, though green and fruitful, are also a prey to insects or have suffered by drought. It weeds well the garden, and cannot believe the weed in its native soil may be a pretty, graceful plant. There is another mode which enters into the natural history of every thing that breathes and lives, which believes no impulse to be entirely in vain, which scrutinizes circumstances, motive and object before it condemns, and believes there is a beauty in natural form, if its law and purpose be understood.

Author: Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

Profession: American Writer, Lecturer

The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.

Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.

Author: Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915)

Profession: French Novelist, Philosopher, Poet, Playwright

It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.

Author: Alfred Whitney Griswold (1906-1963)

Profession: American President of Yale University