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Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!

Author: Golda Meir (1898-1978)

Profession: Prime Minister of Israel, 1969-74

You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.

Author: Lord Melbourne (1779-1848)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

It is impossible to think of a man of any actual force and originality, universally recognized as having those qualities, who spent his whole life appraising and describing the work of other men.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

We have been educated to such a fine -- or dull -- point that we are incapable of enjoying something new, something different, until we are first told what it's all about. We don't trust our five senses; we rely on our critics and educators, all of whom are failures in the realm of creation. In short, the blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.

Author: Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

Profession: American Author

Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

We are suffering from too much sarcasm.

Author: Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

Profession: American Poet

A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.

Author: Iris Murdoch (1919)

Profession: British Novelist, Philosopher

We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.

Author: Jose Narosky


When the critics come around it's always too late.

Author: Sir Sidney Nolan


All the world's a stage, and all the clergymen critics.

Author: Gregory Nunn (1955)

Profession: American Golfer

No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy.

Author: Sir Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989)

Profession: British Actor, Producer, Director

Prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job. It not only involves praising trash but constantly inventing reactions towards books about which one has no spontaneous feeling whatever.

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''