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Critics And Criticism Quotes

The greatest honor that can be paid to the work of art, on its pedestal of ritual display, is to describe it with sensory completeness. We need a science of description. Criticism is ceremonial revivification.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.

Author: Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Profession: American Humorous Writer

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.

Author: Octavio Paz (1914)

Profession: Mexican Poet, Essayist

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.

Author: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Profession: Spanish Artist

In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.

Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer

A critic is a legless man who teaches running.

Author: Channing Pollock

Profession: American Actor

Each generation produces its squad of ''moderns'' with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.

Author: Channing Pollock

Profession: American Actor

Did some more sober critics come abroad? If wrong, I smil'd; if right, I kiss'd the rod.

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

Author: Antonio Porchia


I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fruit in the created work later.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.

Author: American Indian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of American Indian Origin

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.

Author: Chinese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Chinese Origin

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first.

Author: Chinese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Chinese Origin

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

Author: German Proverb

Profession: Sayings of German Origin

The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.

Author: Frederic Raphael (1931)

Profession: British Author, Critic