Quotation Explorer - 'Critics'

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how its done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves. - Brendan Behan
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs."[Time Magazine, October 31, 1977] - John Osborne
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today, but the core of science fiction -- its essence -- has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all. - Isaac Asimov
To fail, try to please your critics. To please your critics, try to fail. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. - John Updike
A lie is the most sacred private property on Earth. Governments claim it is not theirs, and that their critics are the rightful owners. - Gustavo Gus Larsen
The idea of innovation is the idea of progress stripped of the aspirations of the Enlightenment, scrubbed clean of the horrors of the twentieth century, and relieved of its critics. - Jill Lepore
Don't be dismayed by the opinions of editors, or critics. They are only the traffic cops of the arts. - Gene Fowler
I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel? - Irwin Shaw
Believe in yourself, not in your critics. - Matshona Dhliwayo
When your critics raise hell keep building your heaven. - Matshona Dhliwayo
They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics. - Bob Ross
You can't be creative without criticism. If your life is without critics then maybe you are painting your life's masterpiece with only a broken brown crayon. - Shannon L. Alder
I am not stopping till my critics become my fans. - Amit Kalantri
What you owe your critics are your RESULTS not explanations not defence just RESULTS.Evidence terminates Arguments. - Fela Durotoye
My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs. - Christopher Hampton
To its critics, the study of theology distracts from real life. But, at its best, theology inspires and informs precisely the committed and caring ministry. - Alister E. McGrath
The bigger the bricks critics throw at you the bigger the palace you are going to build. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Critics! Appalled I ventured on the name.Those cutthroat bandits in the paths of fame. - Robert Burns
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are. - Henry Fielding
If you listen to critics for too long, you will become deaf to success. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Critics are loud, but success is louder. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Critics are to authors what dogs are to lamp-posts. - Jeffrey Robinson
The world looks very different to me now at twenty. I have outgrown my early opinions and ideals with my short dresses, just as Mrs. Walton said we would. Now the critics can say 'Thou waitest till thy woman's fingers wrought the best that lay within thy woman's heart. - Annie Fellows Johnston
Music critics get their records for free so their opinions usually don't matter. - Marilyn Manson
Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been put up to a critic. - Jean Sibellius
My friend is my friend, even if he wears rag, even if he wasn't born with a silver spoon, even if nobody wants to be his friend, i will hurt his critics by remaining his friend. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic! - Jean Sibelius
No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating. - Harold Rosenberg
IMBECILITY, n. A kind of divine inspiration, or sacred fire affecting censorious critics of this dictionary. - Ambrose Bierce
If critics say your work stinks it's because they want it to stink and they can make it stink by scaring you into conformity with their comfortable little standards. Standards so low that they can no longer be considered "dangerous" but set in place in their compartmental understandings. - Jack Kerouac
Critics are our friends, they tell us our faults. - Benjamin Franklin
True confidence is not about what you take from someone to restore yourself, but what you give back to your critics because they need it more than you do. - Shannon L. Alder
Whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires....courage. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Magicians made magic but critics made it tricks. - Amit Kalantri
Both groups [of pundits] were critics, and that is the heart of the problem. Jeffrey A. Miller - If you are a pundit, you seem so smart when you are telling the President what he did wrong… This [is] mostly BS.
The artist must forget the audience, forget the critics, forget the technique, forget everything but love for the music.Then, the music speaks through the performance,and the performer and the listener will walk togetherwith the soul of the composer, and withGod. - Mstislav Rostropovich
I'm not interested in the reviews by critics over the age of 15. - Mark A. Cooper
PUBLISH, n. In literary affairs, to become the fundamental element in a cone of critics. - Ambrose Bierce
Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic. - Jean Sibelius
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself. - Oscar Wilde
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece. - G. K. Chesterton
The volume of twaddle from critics is directly proportional to the distance you keep from them. There is always room to spread your wings when you fly solo. - J.N. Race
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. - William Faulkner
High above the noise and fear mongering of critics and cynics softly speaks your true self. - Mollie Marti
There is a difference between judgment and feedback. Your critics use you as a mirror for their own hidden darkness. Your teachers hold up a mirror to yours. - Vironika Tugaleva
What you create doesn't have to be perfect....Don't let fear of failure discourage you. Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or inside - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been a statue set up in honour of a critic. - Jean Sibelius
The opinion of success matters more than the opinions of your critics. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Always be ready for criticism for there shall always be people who shall be ready always to criticize you. The positive lesson you learn from your critics, is the most important thing which matter and not just the matter! - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Never allow carping critics to deter you from success. Instead, silence them with it. - Christian Baloga
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find. - Peter Ustinov
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others. - Edith Wharton
Loud critics are silenced by loud success. - Matshona Dhliwayo
If your success is not amazing to your critics, it disturbs, infuriates, and frustrates them, and if they're not careful; may go hang themselves and go to hell. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Children have more need of models than of critics. - Joseph Joubert
If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you. - Natalie Goldberg
When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine. - Pablo Picasso
All the best writers take risks, offend people often and say fuck you to the critics. - Carla H. Krueger
He who don't understand the real essence of critics and oppositions in the journey of life criticizes and opposes himself, knowingly or unknowingly, in his journey of life. - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
No evil being was ever wise: they are all against every wise man's critics. - A Gentlemen
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. - Christopher Hampton
Our critics are our friends; they show us our faults. - Benjamin Franklin
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves. - Brendan Behan
Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested, and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all. This claim is rhetorical nonsense. - Stephen Jay Gould
Critics do not determine how high an eagle flies. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Critics write out of intellectual exercise, not poets. Poets write straight from the heart. - Erica Jong
There is an easy way to silence your critics; just try to do what they say you can't do. If they are still not content, do more of it! Keep doing it until you become a master. Then look around, and you will see fewer critics and many compliments! - Israelmore Ayivor
To literary critics a book is assumed to be guilty until it proves itself innocent. - Nelson Algren
There is, perhaps, no more dangerous man in the world than the man with the sensibilities of an artist but without creative talent. With luck such men make wonderful theatrical impresarios and interior decorators, or else they become mass murderers or critics. - Dame Edna Everage
Critics are those righteous experts who judge other people's hard earned accomplishmens as they themselves stand on the sidelines of life. - Aaron Lauritsen
The hushing of the criticism of honest opponents is a dangerous thing. It leads some of the best of the critics to unfortunate silence and paralysis of effort, and others to burst into speech so passionately and intemperately as to lose listeners. - W.E.B. Du Bois
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