41 Metaphors for criticism

A criticism of it was an attack upon himself; opposition to him was scarcely to be distinguished from treason to the State.

My criticisms would be mere opinions, worth no more than those of thousands of other people.

This is why poetical criticism is usually so little catholic.

The criticism would have been juster had he written that Crabbe was the truest painter of Nature in her less lovely phases.

Dr. Beecher said, "My only criticism is, Print it, print it."

He said, "Criticism, sir, is not a pastime; it is a verdict on oath: the man who does it is (morally) sworn to perform his duty.

In relation to literature, it is the spirit of criticism, and criticism in England is the creation of the seventeenth century.

But criticism is not a game of jerk-straws, and Mr. Whittier has other and better claims on us than as a stylist.

Literary criticism was not a field to be tilled, but a wood to be explored by busy men who could find time for the exploit.

No criticism is more common or more depreciatory than that "Such a one will not succeed, because he has surrounded himself with incompetent men.

Higher Criticism, whether applied to the Bible or to the classics of Indian religion must necessarily remain a small scholars' preserveof vital importance to the few but of little account to the main body of believers or to artists illustrating adored themes.

If the social structure, including the whole body of customs and opinions, is associated intimately [10] with religious belief and is supposed to be under divine patronage, criticism of the social order savours of impiety, while criticism of the religious belief is a direct challenge to the wrath of supernatural powers.

But if you quoted Mr. Bernard Shaw's statement instead of misquoting his name, you would find that his criticism of England is exactly the opposite of your own; and naturally, for it is a rational criticism.

Criticism was not then a science, as it became fifty years later, in the hands of Sainte-Beuve, who endeavored to review every production fairly and justly.

Thoughtful and self-criticizing, he was peculiarly sensible to religious influences, under which his criticism easily became self-accusation, and his sensitive seriousness grew sometimes morbid.

I shall not point out the particular passages in which this disparity is remarkable, but content myself with saying, in general, that the criticisms, which there is room for on this translation, may be almost an incitement to some lawyer, studious of antiquity, to learn Latin.

Like every other really great artist, he had a very just appreciation of the work of other men, and his criticisms were, me judice, very sound and broad from the point of view of art; the only painter of any note I ever heard him speak of with strong dislike was Brett, whom he could not tolerate.

That letter was even criticised aloud in the safe solitude of Miss Winchelsea's study, and her criticism, spoken with great bitterness, was "Twaddle!"

Of course their criticisms were sometimes the result of imperfect acquaintance with foreign affairs, and it was occasionally necessary to remove their scruples by alterations in the text which were not improvements; but on the whole, I am bound to say that I never treated with persons who seemed to me, within the limits of their knowledge, to be more reasonable.

The criticism I now hear is the best spoken criticism, utterly impartial, that I have heard.

As she anticipated, the volume met in some quarters with anything but a cordial reception; the criticisms upon it were curt and depreciatory.

Social criticism is the theme of many novels.

German criticism has been the hunting-ground of an insatiable love of sportmay we not say, without irreverence, the scene of the discovery of a good many mares' nests?

Criticism is a good thing, but poetry is a better.

" Mr. Baldwin, a legal gentleman of high worth and standing, made the following observations in one of the city papers, under the signature of "Albanian": "True criticism is a liberal and humane art, and teaches no less to point out and admire what is deserving of applause, than to detect and expose blemishes and defects.

41 Metaphors for  criticism