Criticism Quotes

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Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.


Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
Criticism should be a casual conversation.
Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
I criticize by creation—not by finding fault.
Criticism is ... always a kind of compliment.
Clean your fingers before you point at my spots.


Correction does much, but encouragement does more.


It is from the womb of art that criticism was born.
Criticism is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
When you hear A criticize B, you learn more about A.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
You don't have to lay an egg to know if it tastes good.
They have a right to censure, that have a heart to help.

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He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.
Never look down on people unless you are helping them up.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
— Arabian proverb

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Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.


Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.


Criticism is the rationalization of intuitive musical experience.
We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us.


Abilities wither under criticism, they blossom under encouragement.

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Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.
Criticism often takes from the tree caterpillars and blossoms together.
One of the ancient goals of criticism was called the correction of taste.
Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment.  It is a criticism.
Do not fear when your enemies criticize you. Beware when they applaud you.


The use of criticism, in periodical writing, is to sift, not to stamp a work.
The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing being criticized.
Praise can give criticism a lead around the first turn and still win the race.


Pay no attention to what a critic says. No statue was ever put up for a critic.


The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
— Chinese proverb

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What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism.
Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been put up to a critic.


A never-failing way to get rid of a fellow is to tell him something for his own good.


To many people ... dramatic criticism must seem like an attempt to tattoo soap bubbles.
No wonder scoundrels find refuge in patriotism; it offers them immunity from criticism.


Nobody wants constructive criticism. It's all we can do to put up with constructive praise.
Criticism is like champagne, nothing more execrable if bad, nothing more excellent if good.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him.
Criticism is the art wherewith a critic tries to guess himself into a share of the artist's fame.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved with criticism.


The rule in carving holds good as to criticism—never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.


Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
What we all tend to complain about most in other people are those things we don't like about ourselves.


The better a work, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linen.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.


Criticism is the disapproval of people not for having faults, but for having faults different from our own.


A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.


People fed on sugared praises cannot be expected to feel an appetite for the black broth of honest criticism.
When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that three of his fingers are pointing at himself.


Criticism and Bolshevism have one thing in common. They both seek to pull down that which they could never build.
Avoid the ecstatic adjectives that occupy such disproportionate space in every critic's quiver—words like "enthralling" and "luminous."

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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.

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A great deal of contemporary criticism reads to me like a man saying: "Of course I do not like green cheese; I am very fond of brown sherry."
I am bound by my own definition of criticism: a disinterested endeavor to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring, a south wind, not an east wind.
Be it true or false, what is said about people often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.

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Don't mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it. If it is unfair, don't get irritated. If it is ignorant, smile. If it is justified, learn from it.
Fifteen years of unbroken silence...testify sufficiently to my respect for criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.
If it's painful for you to criticize your friends, you're safe in doing it; if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.


I am not a critic; to me criticism is so often nothing more than the eye garrulously denouncing the shape of the peephole that gives access to hidden treasure.
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.
Criticism is, like philosophy and history, a sort of romance designed for those who have sagacious and curious minds, and every romance is, rightly taken, an autobiography.
If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself, say: "Obviously he does not know me very well since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned."


Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person's precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses resentment.
Instead of condemning people, let's try to understand them. Let's try to figure out why they do what they do. That's a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance and kindness. "To know all is to forgive all."


We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly; and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship; for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.


Loss aversion is an innate flaw. Everyone who experiences emotion is vulnerable to its effects. It's part of a larger psychological phenomenon known as negativity bias, which means that, for the human mind, bad is stronger than good. This is why in marital interactions, it generally takes at least five kind comments to compensate for one critical comment.

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