Critic, n. A person who boasts himself hard to please becausenobody tries to please him.
A critic is always serving the theater when he is houndingout incompetence. If he spends most of his time grumbling, he is almostalways right...he will see far more incompetence than competencein his theater-going.
Like an attempt to tattoo soap bubbles.
John Mason Brown: of drama critism
A great deal of contemporary criticism
reads to me like aman saying: "Of course I do not like green cheese: I am veryfond of brown sherry."
G. K. Chesterton
Tynan said I only had two gestures, the left hand up, theright hand down. What did he want me to do, bring out my prick?
Sir John Gielgud: on a hostile review by KennethTynan
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is likeasking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
abuse a tragedy
, though you cannot write one.You may scold a carpenter who has made you a bad table, though youcannot make a table. It is not your trade to make tables.
Drama criticism should be concerned solely with dramaticart, at the expense of bankrupting every theater in the country.
G. J. Nathan
Show me a critic without prejudices, and I'll show you anarrested cretin.
G. J. Nathan
The greatest part of critics are parasites, who, if nothinghad been written, would find nothing to write.
J. B. Priestley
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happeningin the theater of his time. A great drama critic also perceives whatis not happening
Why don't you just retire? It can't be all that pleasant to devote awhole lifetime to earning a living from the dead flesh of a living literaturewhich you devour.
Arnold Wesker: to critic Harold Hobson