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Ambrose Bierce
(1842 - 1914)
Critic, n. A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him.
Ambrose Bierce
(1842 - 1914)
Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Austin O'MalleyA book reviewer is usually a barker before the door of a publisher's circus.
Ben JohnsonThere are some men born only to suck out the poison of books.
Brendan BehanCritics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
Channing PollockA critic is a legless man who teaches running
Christopher Morley
(1890 - 1957)
A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidible at very small expense.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
Reviewing has one advantage over suicide; in suicide you take it out of yourself; in reviewing you take it out of other people.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
George Jean NathanCriticism is the art wherewith a critic tries to guess himself into a share of the artist's fame.
Harold RosenbergNo degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.
Jack G. Montgomery
(1953 - )
A critic's review is an individual's attempt to insert him/herself into the efforts of another in the hope of acquiring a tidbit of the results of the effort in a parasitic manner.
- (Librarian)
Jean SibeliusPay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.
John Alejandro King A.K.A. The Covert Comic (www.covertcomic.com)
(~1965 - )
Never fish for compliments. Lob dynamite in the water.
John OsborneCritics are a dissembling, dishonest, contempable race of men. Asking a working writer what he thinks of critics is like asking a lampost what it feels about dogs.
John UpdikeCritics are like pigs at the pastry cart.
Jorge Luis Borges
(1899 - 1996)
Any time something is written against me, I not only share the sentiment but feel I could do the job far better myself. Perhaps I should advise would-be enemies to send me their grievances beforehand, with full assurance that they will receive my every aid and support. I have even secretly longed to write, under a pen name, a merciless tirade against myself.
Kurt VonnegutAny reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
P. G. WodehouseHas anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.
Sir Thomas Beecham
(1879 - 1961)
Drooling, driveling, doleful, depressing, dropsical drips.
- (on Critics)
The Covert Comic
(~1958 - )
I heard on the radio that there's a legless man who teaches running. They said his name is A. Kritic. Where can I find a book about his inspiring life story?
Wilson Mizner
(1876 - 1933)
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
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