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Praise those of your critics for whom nothing is up to standard.

Author: Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Profession: Swedish Statesman, Secretary-general of U.N.

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.

Author: Christopher Hampton (1946)

Profession: British Playwright

God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge''

Author: Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

Profession: American Speaker, Motivational Writer, ''Think and Grow Rich''

A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.

Author: Dustin Hoffman (1937)

Profession: American Actor

Nature, when she invented, manufactured, and patented her authors, contrived to make critics out of the chips that were left.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.

Author: Lou Holtz (1937)

Profession: American Football Coach

If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.

Author: Lou Holtz (1937)

Profession: American Football Coach

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Author: Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Profession: American Author, Publisher

I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

In an age of unscrupulous and shameless book-making, it is a duty to give notice of the rubbish that cumbers the ground. There is no credit, no real power required for this task. It is the work of an intellectual scavenger, and far from being specially honorable.

Author: R. H. Hutton


Nothing would improve newspaper criticism so much as the knowledge that it was to be read by men too hardy to acquiesce in the authoritative statement of the reviewer.

Author: R. H. Hutton


If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.

Author: H. A. Ironside


As a work of art it has the same status as a long conversation between two not very bright drunks.

Author: Clive James (1939)

Profession: Australian-Born Writer, Satirist, Broadcaster, and Critic