Friday, 3 February 2012
If you read my guest blog on Negative Reviews over at We Fancy Books, you might remember that I started with a rather bitter quote from Christopher Hampton.
I admit to a weakness for quotes - distilled shots of cleverness and wisdom, like miniatures of flavoured vodka. Today, I thought I'd share some other quotes I've found about critics - literary and otherwise. Enjoy!
"A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution."
Dustin Hoffman (1937-)
"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much."
Donald H. Rumsfeld (1932 - )
"After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others."
Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger."
Franklin P. Jones
"Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!"
Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957)
"Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
"Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck."
Eli Wallach (1915-)
"I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic.""
Richard Pryor (1940 - 2005)
"People ask for criticism, but they only want praise."
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
"Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship."
Zeuxis (~400 BC), from Pliny the Elder, Natural History
"Don't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them."
Samuel Goldwyn (1879 - 1974)