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Criticism Quotes

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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

Related topics: Wisdom Critical Blame

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
- William Gilmore Simms

Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order
not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection,
criticism, and doubt.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

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

I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency.
I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust
that my sincerity will not be called into question.
- Victoria Woodhull

If you're going to get into social criticism with absurdity and satire,
you can't be politically correct when you do that.
- John Cusack

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

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

Graham Greene, as I understand it, was quite outspoken
in his criticism of American foreign policy.
- Brendan Fraser

Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism,
that the standards of the past have gone,
are very offended about the quality of film criticism.
- Wim Wenders

I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence,
their character, their knowledge, reserving always
my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
- Mikhail Bakunin

I have never found, in a long experience of politics,
that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
- Harold MacMillan

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

Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.
- Karl Popper

Criticism and pessimism destroy families,
undermine institutions of all kinds,
defeat nearly everyone,
and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
- Gordon B. Hinckley

All good criticism should be judged the way art is.
You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science.
- Leslie Fiedler

You are never really prepared for criticism.
- Barry Gibb

I have an intense dislike for artificial society.
In France, one could lead a free life -
to do what one wanted to do without interference or
criticism from one's neighbors.
- Robert W. Service

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

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to
endure criticism without resentment.
- Elbert Hubbard

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 Schwab

Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
- Edgar Watson Howe

The culture of independent film criticism has totally
gone down the drain and this seems to come with the
territory of the consumer age that we are now living in.
- Wim Wenders

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet,
but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
- Harold Bloom

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

The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by
people's praise and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism.
I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can.
- Russell Crowe

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

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 dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

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

It would be very easy for us to do a collection that
everybody would like and not criticize.
But criticism is a part of life.
You have to take it.
- Donatella Versace

To silence criticism is to silence freedom.
- Sidney Hook

Never feel that a piece of criticism or advice is too much trouble to give,
or that it exceeds your province.
- Lord Mountbatten

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

Persecution is the first law of society because it
is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it.
- Howard Mumford Jones

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

I believe in criticism.
- Paul Anka

The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all,
is a conservative critic.
- A. E. Housman

I would guess that any criticism about Wal-Mart could
have some element of truth with 1,500,000 people.
- Lee Scott

I think the hardest part about being a teenager is
dealing with other teenagers -
the criticism and the ridicule,
the gossip and rumors.
- Beverley Mitchell

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

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent
man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
- Johann Kepler

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

Be kind and considerate with your criticism...
It's just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.
- Malcolm Cowley

Somehow I took whatever criticism there was very much to heart.
- Dusty Springfield

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

Association with my pupils has kept me young in my work.
Criticism of their work has kept my own point of view clear.
- William Merritt Chase

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

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

Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression
in the garden of letters.
- Joseph Conrad

Most people would have given up when faced with all
the criticism I've received over the years.
- Albert Ellis

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

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

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

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

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


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