The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship. Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images.— Camille Paglia
Stunning Literary Criticism quotations
Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.
How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored.
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyways.
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by the book he is criticising.
The nearest approach to the infallible in literary judgment is represented in the colossal work of the teacher of all these three [Edmund Gosse, Edward Dowden and George Saintsbury], the greatest critic that ever lived - not an Englishman, but a Frenchman, the wonderful Sainte-Beuve.
The two main ideas that run through all of my writing, whether it be literary criticism or political polemic are these: I am strong in favor of liberty and I hate fraud.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
In truth, even if they have an imperfect insight into their own methods, I still slightly mistrust writers of fiction who are assured literary critics; it makes me suspect that they favour the word over the world it should describe. Such scribes fall victim too easily to the solecism of equating style with morality.
Literary criticism is generally bunk.
Nonsense. Usually based on self-serving post-intellectual bullshit.
What you feel about another person, what you think or say about another eprson, what you do to another person - you do to you. Give judgement and criticism and you give it to yourself. Give love and appreciation to another person or anything, and you give it to yourself.
Strict rules of evidence would destroy psychoanalysis and literary criticism.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -- and even, in certain respects, would be -- the most modern of critical movements.
Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.
There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
The literary critic, or the critic of any other specific form of artistic expression, may detach himself from the world for as long as the work of art he is contemplating appears to do the same.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right; For you'll be criticized anyway.
I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
What I teach is literary criticism and comparative literature and so on and that's my function, but from time to time it's possible for me actually to help a writer. I read something and something strikes me then, I feel I can talk to that writer about it.
The artist must scorn all judgment that is not based on an intelligent observation of character. He must beware of the literary spirit which so often causes a painting to deviate from its true path - the concrete study of nature - to lose itself all too long in intangible speculations.
Only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, do nothing.
With a few exceptions, the critics of children's books are remarkably lenient souls.... Most of us assume there is something goodin every child; the critics go from this to assume there is something good in every book written for a child. It is not a sound theory.
Literary criticism now is all pranks and polemics.
... if we can imagine the art of fiction come alive and standing in our midst, she would undoubtedly bid us to break her and bullyher, as well as honour and love her, for so her youth is renewed and her sovereignty assured.
Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.
The sneakiest form of literary subtlety, in a corrupt society, is to speak the plain truth. The critics will not understand you; the public will not believe you; your fellow writers will shake their heads. Laughter, praise, honors, money, and the love of beautiful girls will be your only reward.
In many ways, Eulah-Beulah prepared me for literary criticism.
After having a two-hundred-pound babysitter fart on your face and yell Pow!, The Village Voice holds few terrors.
The asymmetries of power that have shaped relations between the West and the rest of the world also exist in the realm of literary criticism.
The most critical decision is made when you feel like giving up.
When appearance and reality coincide, philosophy and literary criticism find themselves with nothing to say.
Criticism even should not be without its charms.
When quite devoid of all amenities, it is no longer literary.
I have discovered the most exciting, the most arduous literary form of all, the most difficult to master, the most pregnant in curious possibilities. I mean the advertisement. It is far easier to write ten passably effective Sonnets, good enough to take in the not too inquiring critic, than one effective advertisement that will take in a few thousand of the uncritical buying public.
There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, Say nothing and be nothing
No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes.
That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
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.
If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship.
Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images.
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear - and even, in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.
A literary critic is someone who can't write, but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
People have been predicting the death of philosophy since the 17th century.
When I was a student, people were saying, 'We're in the last days of philosophy.' Then we were told in the '60s it would be replaced by sociology, then by literary criticism.
I also encourage my students to read literary criticism that is deeply personal yet formally inventive and intellectually expansive... books that offer unorthodox ways of doing double duty as literary criticism and as love letters to the power of literature per se.