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The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.
Time is the only critic without ambition.
I'm a huge supporter of animal rights - and I've been an outspoken critic of the cruelties routinely inflicted on livestock at factory farms. But it really bothers me that the mistreatment of pigs and chickens and cows seems to attract a lot more attention and spark a lot more outrage than the abuse of immigrant workers.
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.
A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.
I'm probably my biggest critic. I worry that if you spend any quality time reveling in good things then karma will slap you upside the head, so I try to stay as even keel as I'm able.
Neil Patrick Harris
Be a doer and not a critic.
It's hard when you read an article saying bad things about you. It is as if someone is sticking a knife on your heart. But I am the harshest critic of my work.
I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
To be a fashion critic is easy because you just say, 'I love it, I hate it,' but life is more than love and hate.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.
How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
Henry Van Dyke
Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded.
I am a great admirer of other actors, but I never compete with other actors. I always compete with what I did last, and I'm my own most vicious critic. So I'm always trying to do it better.
Your harshest critic is always going to be yourself. Don't ignore that critic but don't give it more attention than it deserves.
Michael Ian Black
When I look back, I don't have regrets. In the moment I am really, really hard on myself, I'm definitely my own worst critic and can be my own worst enemy, and I'm trying very hard not to be that.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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