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Farber had a huge effect on me as a writer. I don't mean I write like him. Farber is, first of all, a great stylist, a great writer. Anyone can read Manny Farber's film criticism, whether that person is a novelist, a poet, another critic, a historian, and learn a lot about writing by reading him.
My inner critic who had begun piping up about how hopeless I was and how I didn't know to write.
It's difficult to see yourself up on screen without being a critic.
Seeing someone else perform and letting me be the critic for once... that's not a bad thing.
When you're a writer, you hear your internal critic, and that's really hard to get over. And then sometimes you hear critiques from classmates and stuff. But when a book comes out, it's just hundreds of opinions and you have to learn to separate out the ones you want to listen to or figure out many you want to listen to.
No manager in the world gets good results all the time and you know there's people always ready to have a snipe. In fact I'm my own biggest critic, I really am. Because my own standards are so high, I criticise myself behind the scenes more than perhaps I should, according to people who know me well.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
The only critic is a full house.
Too much is demanded by the critic, attempted by the poet.
John C. Ransom
The critic is a man who prefers the indolence of opinion to the trials of action.
John Mason Brown
I'm a tough critic on myself.
A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded.
I'll probably never put out another album because I'm a tough critic of my work, and I don't think I could come up to those standards any more.
The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy - yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible.
More negatives write than call. It's a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic.
I still think like a critic, and I still analyze films like a critic. However, it's not possible to write criticism if you're making films.
I never knew any painter worthy of the name who paid the smallest attention to what a critic says, even in conversation.
Robert Baldwin Ross
I know that I am my worst critic. I know that if I can walk away from the set at the end of the day and feel that I did the best job I could and feel proud, that's what will satisfy me.
There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife - a tyrannical midwife.
How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored.
According to one critic, my works looked like scraped billboards. I went to look at the billboards and decided that more billboards should be scraped.
The church must be the critic and guide of the state, and never its tool.
I am strongly convinced that the people or society is the best and the most unerring critic.
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labour in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.
As an actor, you get humbled all the time. Everyone is a critic.
Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been put up to a critic.
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