I have been both overpraised and underpraised. I assume by the time I finish writing – and I plan to go on writing until I’m ninety or gaga – it will all equal itself out… You can’t involve yourself with the vicissitudes of fashion or critical response.
Critic - Criticism Quotes
Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
In general, when reading a scholarly critic, one profits more from his quotations than from his comments.
The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
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.
Critic, n.: A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him.
Review, v.t. To set your wisdom (holding not a doubt of it. Although in truth there’s neither bone nor skin to it) At work upon a book, and so read out of it The qualities that you have first read into it.
Caviler, n. A critic of our own work.
One “oh shit” can erase a thousand attaboys. (“Dilbert”)