Criticism Quotes


There is no defence against criticism except obscurity. - Joseph Addison

 

Fear of criticism is the kiss of death in the courtship of achievement. - Woody Allen

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Self-deception ultimately explains Japan's plight. The Japanese have never accepted that change is in their interest, and not merely a response to U.S. criticism. - Paul A. Samuelson

 

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well. - Samuel Johnson

 

We should always try to clarify and to strengthen our opponent's position as much as possible before criticizing him, if we wish our criticism to be worth while. (The Logic of Scientific Discovery) - Sir Karl Popper

 

Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.-Samuel Johnson

Criticism quotes can be used to provide positive criticism to your peers or your juniors so that they are motivated to perform better the next time. Also these quotes can be used to express your disapproval over something that you have not liked and when you are not in a position to convey it directly.- Unknown

 

Ill writers are usually the sharpest censors.-John Dryden

 

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.-Abraham Lincoln

 

Some people are always critical of vague statements. I tend rather to be critical of precise statements; they are the only ones which can correctly be labeled "wrong.".-Raymond Smullyan

 

Each generation produces its squad of "moderns" with peashooters to attack Gibraltar.-Channing Pollock

 

All who (like him) have writ ill plays before, For they, like thieves, condemned, are hangman made, To execute the members of their trade.-John Dryden

 

Reviewers are forever telling authors they can't understand them. The author might often reply: Is that my fault?-A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

 

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

 

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.-Benjamin Disraeli

 

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

 

Blame is safer than praise.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Give no time to finding fault of criticism.-Marvin J. Ashton

 

"I'm an owl: you're another. Sir Critic, good day." And the barber kept on shaving.-James Thomas Fields

 

I never give them hell; I just tell them the truth and they think it is hell.-Harry S. Truman

 

Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.-Anonymous

 

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

 

Blame where you must, be candid where you can, And be each critic the Good-natured Man.-Oliver Goldsmith

 

You know who critics are?--the men who have failed in literature and art.-Benjamin Disraeli

 

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.-Eleanor Roosevelt

 

It is much easier to be critical that to be correct.-Benjamin Disraeli

 

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.-Franklin P. Jones

 

The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.-Isaac D'Israeli

 

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.-H. L. Mencken

 

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led, They damn those authors whom they never read.-Charles Churchill

 

No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.-Harold Rosenberg

 

Reviewers are usually people who would have been poets, historians, biographers, etc., if they could: they have tried their talents at one or the other, and have failed; therefore they turn critics.-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity than they really are.-Henry Fielding

 

There are come Critics so with Spleen diseased, They scarcely come inclining to be pleased: And sure he must have more than mortal Skill, Who please one against his Will.-William Congreve

 

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.-Christopher Hampton

 

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.-Donald H. Rumsfeld

 

Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!-Jean Sibelius

 

Too nicely Jonson knew the critic's part, Nature in him was almost lost in art.-William Collins

 

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

 

But, spite of all the criticising elves, Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.-Charles Churchill

 

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.-Kurt Vonnegut

 

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

 

A servile race Who, in mere want of fault, all merit place; Who blind obedience pay to ancient schools, Bigots to Greece, and slaves to musty rules.-Charles Churchill

 

They who write ill, and they who ne'er durst write, Turn critics out of mere revenge and spite.-John Dryden

 

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.-Native American Proverb

 

I criticize by creation--not by finding fault.-Charles Churchill

 

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

 

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

 

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.-George Eliot

 

I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."-Richard Pryor

 

Who shall dispute what the Reviewers say? Their word's sufficient; and to ask a reason, In such a state as theirs, is downright treason.-Charles Churchill

 

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.-W. H. Auden

 

Said the pot to the kettle, "Get away, blackface."-Cervantes

 

Honest criticism is hard to take - especially when it comes from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.-Franklin Jones

 

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

 

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

 

As soon Seek roses in December--ice in June, Hope, constancy in wind, or corn in chaff; Believe a woman or an epitaph, Or any other thing that's false, before You trust in critics.-Lord Byron

 

Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.-Zeuxis

 

Criticism is easy, and art is difficult.-Phillipe V. Destouches

 

Those who do not read criticism will rarely merit to be criticised.-Isaac D'Israeli

 

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

 

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.-Benjamin Disraeli

 

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.-Dale Carnegie

 

Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.-Alexander Pope

 

The German national character is a favorite subject of character experts, probably because the less mature a nation, the more she is an object of criticism and not of history.-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

 

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.-Walter Benjamin

 

The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.-Wole Soyinka

 

The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by people's praise and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism. I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can.-Russell Crowe

 

The most destructive criticism is indifference.-Edgar Watson Howe

 

The most noble criticism is that in which the critic is not the antagonist so much as the rival of the author.-Isaac Disraeli

 

The other part of our proposal that gets the 'dittoheads' upset is our suggestion that the commercial radio station owners either play by the rules or pay. In other words, if they don't want to be subject to local criticism of how they are meeting their license obligations, they should pay to support public broadcasters who will operate on behalf of the local community.-Mark Lloyd

 

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.-Clifford Geertz

 

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

 

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

 

The supposed inferiority of a constructed language to a national one on the score of richness of connotation is, of course, no criticism of the idea of a constructed language.-Edward Sapir

 

The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.-Robert E. Lee

 

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.-Norman Vincent Peale

 

The use of criticism, in periodical writing, is to sift, not to stamp a work.-Margaret Fuller

 

The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of the theory of evolution in the classroom.-Phyllis Schlafly

 

Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.-Joseph Addison

 

There has certainly been criticism of the timing involved in getting help to the victims of the storm, and much of it may indeed be warranted. However, this is not the time for pointing fingers; rather, it is the time for offering a helping hand to our neighbors in need.-Jo Bonner

 

There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife - a tyrannical midwife.-Stephen Spender

 

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic.-Anne Stevenson

 

There is more criticism of puritanism, and more distance from Christian morality, than there has been before.-Susie Bright

 
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