Critics

  • Another useful ploy is to criticise something for what it isn’t, even if what it isn’t what it is trying to be.


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  • I am sitting in the smallest room in my house. I have your review before me. In a moment it will be behind me.
    [to a cruel critic]


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  • Critics search for ages for the wrong word which to give them credit they eventually find.


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  • The quickest way to start a punch up between two British literary critics is to ask them what they think of the poems of Sir John Betjeman.


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  • Never pay any attention to what critics say. A statue has never been set up in honour of a critic.


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  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.


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  • You know who the critics are? The men who have failed in literature or art.


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  • Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done; they’ve seen it done everyday, but they are unable to do it themselves.


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  • Reviewers are usually people who 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.


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  • Most critics are educated beyond their intelligence.


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  • Critics of mass culture have a way of weighing the worst of the present against the best of the past.


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  • I don’t want to be in control – I want to be able to criticise whoever is.


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  • It takes a sharp tongue to speak bluntly.


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  • Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you’ve got a pretty neck.


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  • A sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.


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  • Thank you for sending me a copy of your book – I’ll waste no time reading it.


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  • When he said we were trying to make a fool of him, I could only murmur that the creator had beaten us to it.


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  • From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.


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  • I’ve been fortunate that all the bad reviews I’ve had have been written by idiots. Isn’t it weird how it works out like that?


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  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.


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  • Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.


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