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You know who critics are?--the men who have failed in literature and art. (Quote by - Benjamin Disraeli)

He was in Logic, a great critic, Profoundly skill'd in Analytic; He could distinguish, and divide A hair 'twixt south and south-west side. (Quote by - Samuel Butler I)

Their effectiveness in making shots, our inability to disrupt their shot making was the most critical element of the game. To shoot 54% for the game, 57% for the second half -- that's the factor that fatigues you more than the people. The defensive errors and not getting to people were critical. (Quote by - Joanne P. McCallie)

Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic. (Quote by - Raymond Chandler)

My father was an engineer, .. But I found out that the film critics for the Stanford Daily got free passes for all the films. So I became first an assistant critic and then the main film critic. Those free passes changed my life. (Quote by - Roger Corman)

She was a critical thinker and she had an open mind. In addition to being a critical thinker, she was a free thinker. She wasn't afraid to go down her own path. (Quote by - Gary Pernell)

As you know, I have over the years written critically about the U.N. I have consistently stressed in my writings that American leadership is critical to the success of the U.N., an effective U.N., one that is true to the original intent of its charter's framers. (Quote by - John Bolton)

Blame is safer than praise. (Quote by - Ralph Waldo Emerson)

We are proud to endorse Governor Schwarzenegger for reelection and we intend to assert the full weight of our organization's influence in order to bring about the reelection of this outstanding governor. Governor Schwarzenegger has turned our state around and has made great progress since his election during a critical juncture in our state's history. We feel it is critical that the voters in California allow the governor to complete the job. (Quote by - Tom Nassif)

The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all, is a conservative critic. (Quote by - A. E. Housman)

I don't think you ever silence critics. They'll be critics in the morning. That's part of the deal. (Quote by - Mack Brown)

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. (Quote by - John Hall)

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion. (Quote by - Walter Benjamin)

When I read the rules of criticism, I immediately inquire after the works of the author who has written them, and by that means discover what it is he likes in a composition. (Quote by - Joseph Addison)

The nice thing is that a third party that has nothing to do with [the VCP] is deciding what the criticality is. We're still signing the contract with the researcher and we're still paying the fee for the specific contributor, but we're saying that if it results in a critical bulletin, there's a $10,000 bonus on the table. (Quote by - Michael Sutton)

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. (Quote by - Thornton Wilder)

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

As soon Seek roses in December--ice in June, Hope, constancy in wind, or corn in chaff; Believe a woman or an epitaph, Or any other thing that's false, before You trust in critics. (Quote by - Lord Byron)

The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon. (Quote by - Charles Buxton)

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. (Quote by - Somerset Maugham)

My father was extremely loving to me and funny and wise and understanding, and at other times extremely demanding, critical, calculating, exacting. When you're a young woman, I think you want to please a lot, so maybe you accept more of the criticism than you would as an older person. But criticism can be very wounding. It certainly was to me. (Quote by - Anjelica Huston)

That's the nature of journalism. And it's the nature of combat, .. To criticize the media for covering combat in wartime is like criticizing the sun for coming up. (Quote by - Clarence Wyatt)

Honest criticism is hard to take - especially when it comes from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. (Quote by - Franklin Jones)

The critics have been writing me off for 20 years. That's nothing new. As far as I know I still have plenty of fans and sell lots of records. Do I care what critics say about me? No, and I don't read reviews. (Quote by - Madonna)

Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, etc., if they could: they have tried their talents at one or the other, and have failed; therefore they turn critics. (Quote by - Samuel Taylor Coleridge)


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