There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife – a tyrannical midwife.
It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
There have always been great defenses of poetry, and I’ve tried to write mine, and I think all of my work and criticism is a defense of poetry to try and keep something alive in poetry.
The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all, is a conservative critic.
Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
To silence criticism is to silence freedom.
The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of the theory of evolution in the classroom.
To test a modest man’s modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
The characteristic feature of modernity is criticism: what is new is set over and against what is old, and it is this constant contrast that constitutes the continuity of tradition.
Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.