Quotation Explorer - 'Criticism'

All of us could take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.
In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning. - George Orwell
I don't think you're a very good friend if you're always being supportive. You also have to add criticism. - Jason Kottke
Every criticism, judgment, diagnosis, and expression of anger is the tragic expression of an unmet need. - Marshall B. Rosenberg
No matter what you write, no matter how meticulous and painstaking the creation process, someone is going to laugh, scorn, and dissect your work with criticism while another quietly falls in love with it. - Richelle E. Goodrich
One of the most valuable things one of my art teachers said to me was, ‘Don’t get upset by criticism. Value the fact that at least someone noticed what you did. - Chris Ware
It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.
I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. - Harold Macmillan
When the demons of criticism have fled the thoughts, the Angels of beauty preside - oh cheerful sweet world exorcised! - Gabriel Brunsdon
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. - Franklin P. Jones
Perfectionism is simply putting a limit on your future. When you have an idea of perfect in your mind, you open the door to constantly comparing what you have now with what you want. That type of self criticism is significantly deterring. - John Eliot, Ph.D.
I do not take constructive criticism from people who have never constructed anything. - Eric Thomas
A common fallacy in much of the adverse criticism to which science is subjected today is that it claims certainty, infallibility and complete emotional objectivity. It would be more nearly true to say that it is based upon wonder, adventure and hope. - Cyril Norman Hinshelwood
You know criticism when you get into this business. You accept the bad with the good, the tabloids and the positive side of it. - Carmen Electra
Choose criticism wisely, it might help you improve some elements of what you do. - Unarine Ramaru
An intelligent person positively accepts criticism, repeatedly thinks before giving any statement, and is capable of motivating himself/herself to be successful in the terrible situations in the way of life journey. - Md. Mujib Ullah
The price of success is to bear the criticism of envy. - Denis Waitley
The most tragic consequence of our criticism of a man is to block his way to humiliation and grace, precisely to drive him into the mechanisms of self justification and into his faults instead of freeing him from them. For him, our voice drowns the voice of God. - Paul Tournier
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard
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
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong - is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt
We will need to find people who will provide a safe writing space for us, where criticism comes late and love and delight come early.—from Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing - L.L. Barkat
In my wide association in life, meeting with many and great men in various parts of the world, I have yet to find the man, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism. - Charles M. Schwab
Programming your mind with positive thoughts each day will go a long way to keep you from allowing external criticism to detail your dreams. - Ken Poirot
Despite my height, ignorance, heartbreaks, insecurity, criticism, competition, my skin color, that voice in my head that says 'No way', bad luck, a tight budget, insults, fear, flaws, failure and opposition. I believe in myself. - Manasa Rao Saarloos
Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember ~ the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. - Zig Ziglar
Appreciation always enhances performance. Criticism destroys the enthusiasm. - Debasish Mridha
[...] be unaffected by naysayers. Let not your desire or determination be wavered by the censure of cynics, the criticism of pessimists, the undermining of those that belittle, the jeering of the mockers, or the doubts of the skeptics. - Habib Umar
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procrustes turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent. - Henry Commager
I can take any amount of criticism as long as I can consider it unqualified praise. - Noel Coward
To teach someone something, appreciate even the slightest improvements and avoid criticism. - Debasish Mridha
My criticism of procedure is that when in his discussion he arrives at a contradiction, he construes it as a crisis in the universe. Alfred North Whitehead - Hegel
Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism. - William Phillips
Criticism talks a good deal of nonsense, but even its nonsense is a useful force. It keeps the question of art before the world, insists upon its importance. - Henry James
Trust that your child is trying to be the best he can be and that he will do this more readily without your criticism. Know that he usually sees his own faults without you continually pointing them out.
[T]hat mutual jealousy, that intolerantly keen edge of criticism, that irrational hunger for a beautiful perfection, that life and wisdom do presently and most mercifully dull. - H.G. Wells
The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. - Norman Vincent Peale
Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. - Karl Marx
Always be ready for criticism for there shall always be people who shall be ready always to criticize you. The positive lesson you learn from your critics, is the most important thing which matter and not just the matter! - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. - Johannes Kepler
Only those who are in-charge are tackled and criticized by others so criticism is something desirable and should not be resented. - Emmanuel Moore Abolo
It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.
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.
I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance. - Harold Macmillan
If you are strong enough to face Fear of Failure, Fear of Rejections, and Fear of Criticism, that's the sign of Success. - Sivaprakash Sidhu
Don’t just to avoid criticism. If you do nothing, you will be nothing. If you do only the parts you really love, you will also be nothing. It takes what it takes. It takes all of it. Own it, accept it, embrace it and do it. Want all of what you want! - Akiroq Brost
Everyone is looking for approval and appreciation even when they ask for criticism. - Debasish Mridha
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
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. - Katharine Hepburn
Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.
Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity. - Jane Goodall
I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. - Georgia O'Keeffe
The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment. - Elbert Hubbard
Be ready for huge failures to achieve huge success, Be receptive for criticism. It can be constructive too.! - Harsh Malik
But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism. - Eric Wright
A great leader never fears criticism and welcomes them with openness and love as if they are the beauty of the journey. - Debasish Mridha
In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me. - Edgar Allan Poe
The problem with religion, because it's been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation. - Sam Harris
Trying to fit in will not change a society. To change it, you have to be brave, fearless, and strong enough to withstand societal criticism so that you may break the boundary and let light come in. - Debasish Mridha
The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country. - Robert F. Kennedy
Discard negative comments, criticism and influences. - Lailah Gifty Akita
Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces that the hurt is to be taken seriously, that the hurt is not to be accepted as normal and natural but is an abnormal and unacceptable condition for humanness. - Walter Brueggemann
Art is the expression that the soul makes without having to explain itself, nor regard the criticism of others. - Reed Abbitt Moore
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.
Criticism is prejudice made plausible. - H. L. Mencken
I welcome reviews from all readers. I take criticism well; but please . . . no comments on my author face! - C.C. Alma
It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.
The hushing of the criticism of honest opponents is a dangerous thing. It leads some of the best of the critics to unfortunate silence and paralysis of effort, and others to burst into speech so passionately and intemperately as to lose listeners. - W.E.B. Du Bois
Let your actions be the answer to criticism. - Debasish Mridha
The net has provided a level playing field for criticism and comment - anyone and everyone is entitled to their opinion - and that is one of its greatest strengths. - Sara Sheridan
He only profits from praise who values criticism. - Heinrich Heine
Criticism always produces negative reactions, but appreciation always creates positive actions. - Debasish Mridha
Never expect to be accepted without criticism. Never forget to appreciate. - Debasish Mridha
If your going to put yourself out there, you just have to let the criticism roll off your back". - Cliff Hannold
You can't be creative without criticism. If your life is without critics then maybe you are painting your life's masterpiece with only a broken brown crayon. - Shannon L. Alder
When you are loving, kind, and appreciative, you can help change others without using criticism. - Debasish Mridha
When this low self-worth is hidden, one can understand why the person becomes hypersensitive to the opinions of others and has a great deal of difficulty accepting criticism no matter how warranted or gently said. - David W. Earle
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. - Theodore Roosevelt
Forget to criticize, but never forget to enjoy criticism. - Debasish Mridha
Ignore cynicism, appreciate criticism, and embrace optimism. - Debasish Mridha
Creativity is contagious. And so is banality. Criticism is an art in itself. Don’t let the dullness around destroy the creativity within. T.S. Eliot said, honest criticism and sensitive appreciation is directed not upon the poet but upon the poetry. Good to remember… - Elif Shafak
If you're going to put yourself out there, you just have to let the criticism roll off your shoulders. - Cliff Hannold
Value those who give you constructive criticism, because without them doing so, you will never reach the peak of what you are do. - Unarine Ramaru
Accept criticism. If you do not offer your work for criticism and accept that criticism, meaning give it serious thought and attention, then you will never improve. - Theodora Goss
i Create. I don't "Need".Meaning: I don't need advice or criticism. Unless you're offering money, weed, or whiskey save it. Thanks. - Jonathan Heatt
Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. - John F. Kennedy
Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it. - Lady Gaga
Patriotism without criticism has no head; criticism without patriotism has no heart. - Allen C. Guelzo
Excessive praise arises from the same bigotry matrix as excessive criticism. - Stefan Molyneux
A creative life cannot be sustained by approval any more than it can be destroyed by criticism. - Will Self
Don’t be afraid of criticism; the tallest trees are always confronted by the strongest winds. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Worry is itself an illness, since worry is an accusation against Divine Wisdom, a criticism of Divine Mercy. - Said Nursî
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots. - Frank A. Clark
Old art offers just as good a criticism of new art as new art offers of old. - Jasper Johns
Criticism of one’s appearance hurts, no matter what. - Auliq Ice
It is easy to find the problem. Knowing the difference between critique and criticism is the solution. Condition your rawhide for growth. (Either way). - JT Sanz
A true artist removes his heart willingly, allows constructive criticism to stomp it, then puts it back—bruised and aching—as he continues to strive for excellence due to the all-consuming obsession and love for his art. - H.G. Mewis
Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship. - Zeuxis
The fear of criticism stagnates the power of creativity. - Debasish Mridha
Don’t fear criticism; fear stagnation. - Debasish Mridha
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
Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public. - Immanuel Kant
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard
If you're going to put yourself out there, you just have to let the criticism roll off your shoulders". - Cliff Hannold
Do not fear criticism, accept it as an inspiration for boldness and action - Debasish Mridha
Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism. - Edgar Watson Howe
Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them. - Rainer Maria Rilke
Never fear criticism. Use the information to grow your thinking power. - Debasish Mridha
To criticize one's country is to do it a service... Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism--a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation. - J. William Fulbright (Senator)
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. - W. Somerset Maugham
The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. - Oscar Wilde
You can never be free of their criticism until you no longer seek their praise. - Dennis Ruane
Criticism is like dissecting a dead frog," Caleb said when the book was published. "They're examining all the guts and shit and organs, when the thing that really matters, whatever it was that animated the body, has long since left. It does nothing for the art. - Kevin Wilson
Don't let success lead to arrogance and failure lead to criticism. - Arlin Sailesh Kapadia
...civility doesn't require consensus or the suspension of criticism. It is simply the ability to disagree productively with others while respecting their sincerity and decency. - Ravi Iyer and Jonathan Haidt
I discovered very quickly that criticism is a form of optimism, and that when you are silent about the shortcomings of your society, you're very pessimistic about that society. And it's only when you speak truthfully about it that you show your faith in that society. - Carlos Fuentes
The moment you say that any idea system is sacred, whether it’s a religious belief system or a secular ideology, the moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible. - Salman Rushdie
The truth is: Everyone will judge you. But this depends upon your intellectual capacity whether you are able to distinguish constructive criticism between an insult coming from other people's opinions about you. - Anonymous
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