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American critics are like American universities. They both have dull and half-dead faculties. - Edward Albee


God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers. - Ernest Hemingway


You know who critics are? The men who have failed in literature and art. - Benjamin Disraeli


The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews. - William Faulkner


Culture is only true when implicitly critical, and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture. - Theodor W. Adorno


An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the school-masters of ever afterward. - F. Scott Fitzgerald


There is probably no hell for authors in the next world, they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this. - Christian Nestell Bovee


Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena. - Charles Barkley