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Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it.
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.
Stop being a critic and be a light; don't be a judge, be a model. I think we are far too critical. I think the best way to correct behavior is to accentuate and affirm positive behavior and to ignore negative behavior. Generally speaking, there is a time to correct, of course; but my biggest advice would be, 'Affirm your child.'
I'm my own worst critic, and if I don't pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won't be a happy girl.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
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.
A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
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
If I think I weigh too much, I'll lose weight; if my hair looks stupid, I'll cut it. I guess I'm my harshest critic. I'm not easily satisfied.
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.
The critic leaves at curtain fall To find, in starting to review it, He scarcely saw the play at all For starting to review it.
E. B. White
I think the hardest thing to overcome is judging yourself and being your own worst critic so to speak.
More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic.
No film critic's going to say it, but 'Madagascar 3' is better than 'The Artist.'
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
D. H. Lawrence
Horror fans are a particular breed. They analyze films with such detail and expertise that I am reminded of the Canadian literary critic Northrup Frye, who approached literature with similar archetypal analysis.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
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.
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
I wish I could be like Shaw who once read a bad review of one of his plays, called the critic and said: 'I have your review in front of me and soon it will be behind me.'
The critic should describe, and not prescribe.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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