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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.
~ Ernest Hemingway

 

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

 

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Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
~ Rebecca West

 

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Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
~ Susan Sontag

 

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Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
~ Sam Rayburn

 

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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.
~ Pablo Picasso

 

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

 

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As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation.
~ Hans Selye

 

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

 

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Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
~ Bible

 

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Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
~ Anonymous

 

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Blame is safer than praise.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Brilliant people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. Small people talk about other people.
~ Anonymous

 

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Critical remarks are only made by people who love you.
~ Federico Mayor

 

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Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
~ E. M. Cioran

 

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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.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
~ Dr. Emmit Fox

 

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Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
~ Jean De La Bruyere

 

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Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
~ H. L. Mencken

 

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Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.
~ Anonymous

 

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