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The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world -- in order to set up a shadow world of meanings.
Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
It is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shouting at you.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.
On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.
You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, Oh, I don't like it. One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.
Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.
The best criticism doesn't trap an employee or child in a dead end. It gives them an escape route.
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.
It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.
Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat
It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- criticize.
He who throws dirt always loses ground.
A critic is a man who knows the way, but can't drive the car.
The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
A louse in the locks of literature.
What we ask of him is, that he should find out for us more than we can find out for ourselves. He must have the passion of a lover.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world -- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst -- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Give a critic an inch, he'll write a play.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.
In most modern instances, interpretation amounts to the philistine refusal to leave the work of art alone. Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, conformable.

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