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Of course you're always at liberty to judge the critic. Judge people as critics, however, and you'll condemn them all!

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author

To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own.

Author: Henry James (1843-1916)

Profession: American Author

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense. He whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a critic.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Honest criticism is hard to take, especially from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.

Author: Franklin P. Jones

Profession:

Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical lab has scales and weights, but neither crucible or touchstone.

Author: Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Profession: French Moralist

In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.

Author: Pauline Kael (1919)

Profession: American Film Critic

Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected. The sacredness of religion, and the authority of legislation, are by many regarded as grounds for exemption from the examination by this tribunal, But, if they are exempted, and cannot lay claim to sincere respect, which reason accords only to that which has stood the test of a free and public examination.

Author: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Profession: German Philosopher

Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.

Author: John Keats (1795-1821)

Profession: British Poet

One does not lash hat lies at a distance. The foibles that we ridicule must at least be a little bit our own. Only then will the work be a part of our own flesh. The garden must be weeded.

Author: Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Profession: Swiss Artist

Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author