Criticism Quotes

criticism quotes

These criticism quotes should help you to talk less poorly of others, and to not be so worried when others talk poorly of you:

1. Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants. -Walter Winchell (1897-1972)

2. Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you’re two steps ahead! -Fannie Flagg

3. We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. -Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

4. Let me walk three weeks in the footsteps of my enemy, carry the same burden, have the same trials as he, before I say one word to criticize. -Unknown

5. Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. -Publius Cornelius Tacitus (BC55-117)

6. Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be criticized anyway. -Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

7. Criticism of others is futile. And if you indulge in it often, you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career. -Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

8. The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. -Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

9. He who throws dirt always loses ground. -Unknown

10. The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews. -William Faulkner (1897-1962)

11. When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart. -Helen Rowland (1875-1950)

12. After all, one knows one’s weak points so well, that it’s rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others. -Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

13. A critic is a man who knows the way, but can’t drive the car. -Kenneth Tynan (1927-1980)

14. You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose. -Lou Holtz

15. I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort. -Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

16. There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic. -Zig Ziglar

17. The dread of criticism is the death of genius. -William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870)

18. The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things. -Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

19. The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces. -Anatole France (1844-1924)

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

21. 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. -Unknown

22. Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil. -Claude A. Helvetius (1715-1771)

23. The person who offends writes as if it was written on sand, and the person who is offended reads it as if it were written on marble. -Italian Proverb

24. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference. -Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

25. Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes. -Unknown

26. Having a sharp tongue will cut your throat. -Unknown

27. As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation. -Hans Selye (1907-1982)

28. To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

29. Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl. -Nellie McClung (1873-1951)

So many great quotes about criticism!!  I really like 11, 18, 22, and 24. 

How about you? 

Which ones do you like and what are your thoughts about them? 

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    • Trish
    • February 23, 2012

    Number 23 has to be my favorite… how quick we humans can sometimes be throwing around or criticisms.

    Thank u for all your inspiration…

    • Jerry Ackerman
    • March 27, 2012

    Thank you for sharing, such great info. I like most was #21 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. Criticism are also a way of improving ourselves and become a better person.

    • herman
    • July 23, 2014

    Satisfying to browse Thanx

    • edna
    • August 11, 2014

    No.21 sounds an advice, it’ s the different ways on how we deal criticism…

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