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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
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.
I think the hardest thing to overcome is judging yourself and being your own worst critic so to speak.
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
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 was an awful critic. I operated on the assumption that there was an absolute scale of values against which art could be measured. I didn't trust my own subjective responses.
No film critic's going to say it, but 'Madagascar 3' is better than 'The Artist.'
I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic.
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
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
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.
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.
Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.
Men whose sense of taste is destroyed by sickness, sometimes think honey sour. A diseased eye does not see many things which do exist, and notes many things which do not exist. The same thing frequently takes place with regard to the force of words, when the critic is inferior to the writer.
You do not become a critic until it has been completely established to your own satisfaction that you cannot be a poet.
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.
No critic writing about a film could say more than the film itself, although they do their best to make us think the oppposite.
It's a lot more fun being a critic than being the one criticized.
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
I don't often go to curator or artist walk-throughs of exhibitions. For a critic, it feels like cheating. I want to see shows with my own eyes, making my own mistakes, viewing exhibitions the way most of their audience sees them.
Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.
P. G. Wodehouse
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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