Critic - Criticism Quotes

He who cannot dance will say: “The drum is bad.”

I have lost count of the number of dull books I have hailed as masterpieces, rather than trouble myself to finish.

Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.

Who am I to stone the first cast?

It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.

Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.

“There was once a legendary baseball player,” said (John F.) Kennedy. “He never failed to hit when at bat and never dropped a ball. Grounders never dribbled between his legs. He threw with unerring accuracy. In the field and on the bases he had the speed and grace of a leopard. He never tired or […]

This fictional account of the day-by-day life of an English gamekeeper is still of considerable interest to outdoor-minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant-raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper. Unfortunately one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material […]

My second play, “Blow Your Own Trumpet”, was well and truly lacerated by the press – but not the public. They weren’t there.

If it is painful for you to criticize someone, you’re safe in doing it. If you take pleasure in it, hold your tongue.