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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Criticism starts - it has to start -
with a real passion for reading.
It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties,
but you must fall in love with poems.
- Harold Bloom

Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.
- Wendell Phillips

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

Conservative New Testament studies could also provide
an intellectually satisfying alternative to German
biblical criticism and to the liberal theology that accompanied it.
- John Gresham Machen

Lovers of literature will look for the remains of the
golden treasure in that shipwreck on the bottom of the sea of criticism.
- Josef Skvorecky

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president...
is morally treasonable to the American public.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

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

There is no just and serene criticism as yet.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed
for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
- Matthew Arnold

To silence criticism is to silence freedom.
- Sidney Hook

You are never really prepared for criticism.
- Barry Gibb

I have been both praised and criticized.
The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more.
To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me.
- Billy Joel

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't take criticism lying down.
- William Westmoreland

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

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

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

Despite a decade of criticism and budget cuts,
the specialised UN agencies have far more expertise
and hands-on experience than any other organisations in the world.
- Jeffrey Sachs

Criticism, even when you try to ignore it,
can hurt.
I have cried over many articles written about me,
but I move on and I don't hold on to that .
- Diana Ross

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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

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

Though bitter, good medicine cures illness.
Though it may hurt, loyal criticism will have beneficial effects.
- Sima Qian

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

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

Time and time again I was told that I would never make
the film on time and never make it on budget.
That kind of criticism tends to turn me into a great big motor of efficiency.
- Richard E. Grant

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

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

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several
portions of the 1st Amendment.
It is part of the right of free speech.
It embraces freedom of the press.
- Hugo Black

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'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

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause,
find out if he abides criticism.
- Franz Grillparzer

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish
a man's growth without destroying his roots.
- Frank Howard Clark

Political criticism is our enemies' best friend.
- Bernard Kerik

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

The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism;
it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.
- Gustave Flaubert

What we don't need in country music is divisiveness,
public criticism of each other, and some arbitrary
judgement of what belongs and what doesn't.
- Charley Pride

Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art:
it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art
might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible,
and perhaps altogether unseen.
- George Jean Nathan

We're all generous, but with different things,
like time, money, talent - criticism.
- Frank Howard Clark

That does not mean that we must forego just and fair criticism,
or refrain from opposition to policies which are debatable
or which do not command our approval.
- Bainbridge Colby

No American soldier should be allowed to set foot on Iranian soil,
regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government.
- Shirin Ebadi

I mean no film is beyond criticism, but I think we've
made a very modest movie.
- Walter Hill

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

You have to laugh, you have to be able to take criticism.
- Tina Yothers

It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
- Anne Stevenson

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


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