Quotes of Criticism

“ How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. ”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“ Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs. ”

- Christopher Hampton

“ Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. ”

- Dale Carnegie

“ If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much. ”

- Donald H. Rumsfeld

“ 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

“ To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ”

- Elbert Hubbard

“ 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

“ Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. ”

- Franklin P. Jones

“ Criticism is prejudice made plausible. ”

- H. L. Mencken

“ No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating. ”

- Harold Rosenberg

“ 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

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

- Jean Sibelius

“ 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

“ 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

“ Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins. ”

- Native American proverb

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

- Richard Pryor

“ One cannot review a bad book without showing off. ”

- W. H. Auden

“ People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. ”

- W. Somerset Maugham

“ Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship. ”

- Zeuxis

“ Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to proscribe, and honestly to award - these are the true aims and duties of criticism. ”

- Simms

“ Don't mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified it is not criticism, learn from it. ”

- Unknown

“ Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe, and honestly to award. These are the true aims and duties of criticism. ”

- William Gilmore Simms

“ When I decided to go into politics I weighed the costs. I would get criticism. But I went ahead. So when virulent criticism came I wasn't surprised. I was better able to handle it. ”

- Herbert Clark Hoover

“ You can't operate a company by fear, because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism. And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. ”

- Steve Ross

“ People have to face regrets. Becoming mature means learning to accept what you cannot change, facing unresolved sorrows and learning to love life as it really happens, not as you would have it happen. When someone attaches unkindness to criticism, she's angry… ”

- Barbara Sher

“ Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. ”

- Franklin P. Jones

“ People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. ”

- W. Somerset Maugham

“ Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ”

- George Eliot

“ He only profits from praise who values criticism. ”

- Heinrich Heine

“ It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism. ”

- Unknown
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