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Robert Taft Quotes and Sayings

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Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance
of any kind of democratic government.
- Robert Taft

It defies all common sense to send that roughneck ward
politician back to the White House.
- Robert Taft

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

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

 

An unsolicited suggestion is
undistinguishable from a criticism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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Completion:
It is time for the project to be over.
You submitted the proposal, you painted your house,
you passed-in the term paper.
Whatever praise or criticism you received,
it is now time to move on to your next project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
...
If a child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.
...
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
...
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love.
- Dorothy Law Nolte

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's
most effective criticism until you provoke him.
Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
- Henry David Thoreau

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

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

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men
for the criticism of one,
go ahead, get married.
- Katharine Hepburn

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

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.
It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body.
It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
- Winston Churchill

My criticism of most religions is that
they don't allow criticism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Great companies have high cultures of accountability,
it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before,
and I think our culture is strong on that.
- Steve Ballmer

I much prefer a compliment, even if insincere,
to sincere criticism.
- Titus Maccius Plautus

Self-deception ultimately explains Japan's plight.
The Japanese have never accepted that change is in their interest -
and not merely a response to U.S.
criticism.
- Paul Samuelson

I still think like a critic, and I still analyze films like a critic.
However, it's not possible to write criticism if you're making films.
- Paul Schrader

Critics can be your most important friend.
I don't read criticism of my stuff only because when it's bad,
it's rough-and when it's good, it's not good enough.
- Kevin Bacon

For years Don Imus was just - boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me.
Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt.
- Dan Rather

You just never give up, no matter how hard the challenges are,
and observe this world with a healthy dose of criticism
and don't just follow the herd like somebody else might do.
- Renny Harlin

I'm still trying to discover my position on my own
artwork and hopefully at this exhibition someone will come and tell me.
I'm open to listening to criticism.
- Graham Coxon

The use of criticism, in periodical writing,
is to sift, not to stamp a work.
- Margaret Fuller

The art of the critic in a nutshell:
to coin slogans without betraying ideas.
The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
- Walter Benjamin

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.
- Wole Soyinka

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

I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise.
- Noel Coward

Directors who turn into big babies and shut out criticism stop learning.
- Richard King

If we are to have such a discipline we must have standards,
and to get our standards under existing conditions we must have criticism.
- Irving Babbitt

The English can be a very critical, unforgiving people,
but criticism can be good.
And this is a country that loves comedy.
- Bjork

There is one criticism which cannot be leveled at interparliamentary
conferences but which is applicable to a great extent to peace congresses:
the meetings waste time.
- Fredrik Bajer

If I were white, I'd get less criticism.
- Lenny Kravitz

I have the worst ear for criticism; even when I have
created a stage set I like,
I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle
who says she doesn't like blue.
- Cecil Beaton

A university's essential character is that of being
a center of free inquiry and criticism -
a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.
- Richard Hofstadter

Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit,
has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy
with 95% of what goes on.
It's Stalinism without Stalin.
- Harold Bloom

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
- Octavio Paz

Constructive criticism is about finding something good
and positive to soften the blow to the real critique of what really went on.
- Paula Abdul

Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond
of offering criticism from on high instead of studying
and understanding things from within.
- Edmund Husserl

To love without criticism is to be betrayed.
- Djuna Barnes

Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate
somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.
- Donald Rumsfeld

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits
variety and two because it permits criticism.
- E. M. Forster

The supposed inferiority of a constructed language
to a national one on the score of richness of connotation is,
of course, no criticism of the idea of a constructed language.
- Edward Sapir

Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration.
Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.
- Margaret Chase Smith

If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism
will run off as from a duck's back.
- Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards

I'm vulnerable to criticism.
Any artist is, because you work alone in your studio and,
until recently, critics were the only way you'd get any feedback.
- Howard Hodgkin

There is only one justification for universities,
as distinguished from trade schools.
They must be centers of criticism.
- Robert M. Hutchins

As a piece of literacy criticism, Freud's best writing is about Dostoyevsky.
It's a kind of displaced literacy criticism.
- Dennis Potter

My opinions and principles are subjects of just criticism.
I put myself before the public voluntarily.
- Victoria Woodhull

Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion,
fire for fire.
- Henry Miller

I think there are different ways of being rigorous,
and I am asking people to be as rigorous in their pleasure as in their criticism.
- Barbara Kruger

I'm easy to work with, not a pushover,
but I respond to criticism and find it inspiring.
- Ben Elton

In marriage there are no manners to keep up,
and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism.
Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again.
We are not ridiculous to ourselves.
We are ageless.
That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
- Enid Bagnold

Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view,
instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up
what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
- Walter Pater

I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition,
but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
- Jean Rostand

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry
as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
- John Updike

There is more criticism of puritanism,
and more distance from Christian morality,
than there has been before.
- Susie Bright

One of the things that upset me was some of the criticism
leveled at Simon and Garfunkel.
I always took exception to it, but actually I agree with a lot of it.
- Paul Simon

Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.
- George Jean Nathan

To what derision should I be exposed from a thousand quarters!-
An unlearned female entering the lists of criticism
against the mighty Johnson!
- Anne Seward

It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
- Charles Baudelaire

Self criticism must be my guide to action,
and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue,
only a procedure.
- Kingsley Amis

People say you should read your criticism because it
will make you a better person but it doesn't.
It just makes you a sad bitter old showbiz nightmare.
- Jo Brand

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.
It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body.
It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
- Winston Churchill

Think before you speak is criticism's motto;
speak before you think,
creation's.
- E. M. Forster

A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little;
but her criticism goes straight to his heart,
and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her.
- Helen Rowland

The rule in carving holds good as to criticism;
never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
- Charles Buxton

The most destructive criticism is indifference.
- Edgar Watson Howe

You are never really prepared for criticism.
- Barry Gibb


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