Quotes & Sayings on Criticism

A critic is a man who knows the way but… can’t drive the car.

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

Be generous with praise…cautious with criticism.

For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

Those who can — do. Those who can’t — criticize.

There is one way to handle the ignorant and malicious critic. Ignore him.

“It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic, is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Brilliant people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. Small people talk about other people.

The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized. Longfellow

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. Oscar Wilde

People who ask for your criticism want only praise. Somerset Maugham

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.

All of us could take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.

Give a critic an inch, he’ll write a play. John Steinbeck

They condemn what they do not understand. Marcus Tulius Cicero

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. Epictetus

The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all. Mark Twain

“Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.” – Joseph Addison

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2 Responses to Quotes & Sayings on Criticism

  1. Warsi says:

    A day will come when well be rewarded for making mistakes earlier in our lives because we get better with each one of them and do things the right way when they are more important!

  2. AngelAriel says:

    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 (CEO of Time-Warner)

    Those that have done nothing in life, are not qualified to judge of those that have done little. — Samuel Johnson, Plan of an English Dictionary

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