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Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticizing. Criticism can never be a science: it is, in the first place, much too personal, and in the second, it is concerned with values that science ignores. The touchstone is emotion, not reason. We judge a work of art by its effect on our sincere and vital emotion, and nothing else. All the critical twiddle-twaddle about style and form, all this pseudoscientific classifying and analyzing of books in an imitation-botanical fashion, is mere impertinence and mostly dull jargon.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing
Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
Edgar Watson Howe
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Franklin P Jones
They afterwards took me to a dancing saloon where I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice- 'Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.'
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We're all generous, but with different things, like time, money, talent -- criticism.
Frank A Clark
The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
William Gilmore Simms
So, Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism
E M Forster
I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
Wise parents offer criticism only when asked, and then minimally.
Leonard Roy Frank
I criticize by creation, not by finding fault
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
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