Selected Quotes about Criticism

One cannot review a bad book without showing off. -- W. H. Auden

People love as self-recognition what they hate as an accusation. -- Elias Canetti

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. -- Dale Carnegie

When you are displeased, it is much easier to criticize and condemn than it is to try to understand the other person's viewpoint. -- Dale Carnegie

Let's realize that criticisms are like homing pigeons. They always return home. -- Dale Carnegie

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. -- Henry Steele Commager

One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide. -- Charles Horton Cooley

The ability to give objective feedback to oneself is in fact the mark of the expert. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. -- Benjamin Disraeli

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (probably erroneously)

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are. -- Henry Fielding

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are. -- Henry Fielding

In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Both Jim and I are interested in the limits of conventional decision-making. The idea that an expert will give you the best outcome -- we think that's inadequate. You need a whole palate of different strategies. We're critiquing the same narrow ideology. -- Malcolm Gladwell

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. -- Christopher Hampton

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -- Elbert Hubbard

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -- Elbert Hubbard

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. -- Franklin P. Jones

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. -- Franklin P. Jones

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger. -- Franklin P. Jones

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life. -- Dalai Lama

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. -- W. Somerset Maugham

It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise. -- W. Somerset Maugham

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. -- H. L. Mencken

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. -- H. L. Mencken

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. -- Norman Vincent Peale

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins. -- Native American Proverb

Fix the problem, not the blame. -- Japanese Proverb

I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic." -- Richard Pryor

Complaining about something without taking any action to correct it is irresponsible. If a condition deserves criticism, it deserves an honest attempt to change it.” -- John Renesch

We were vulnerable because we were so high profile. We were openly challenging the system, challenging the role of business. -- Anita Roddick

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating. -- Harold Rosenberg

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. -- Donald H. Rumsfeld

I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. -- Charles R. Schwab

Pay no attention to what the critics say ... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic! -- Jean Sibelius

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism. -- David Suzuki

I think I'm more difficult than critical. -- Mother Teresa

Nobody but a total masochist wants to be criticized. -- Donald Trump

A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car. -- Kenneth Tynan

A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening. -- Kenneth Tynan

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. -- Kurt Vonnegut

After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others. -- Edith Wharton

Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good. -- P. G. [Sir Pelham Grenville] Wodehouse

You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one. -- John Wooden

Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship. -- Zeuxis

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