Quotes: On Criticism

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

“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

“Criticize the behavior, not the person.”
-Life’s Little Instruction Book

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

 “I ask you all, why? Why can’t we use criticism and self-criticism to fight these frustrating problems? Why do we let our old thoughts grow like tumors in our minds?”
–Dang Thuy Tram, Last Night I Dreamed Of Peace

 “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s easy to be critical about something you’ve never experienced.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”
– The Little Prince

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 “Mediocrity will always try to drag excellence down to its level. Don’t trade your superiority for their inferiority.”

“Your hurt may have harmed you, but it doesn’t have to destroy you.”

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

“The worm that destroys you is the temptation to agree with your critics, to get their approval.”
–Thomas Harris

“You can learn from a critique, than from a compliment.”
– Thank You and You’re Welcome

“Let the refining and improving of your own life be so busy that you have little time to criticize others.”

“We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.”
-Walt Disney

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“Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.”
-Elvis Presley

“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.”
-Frank A. Clark

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”
-Dale Carnegie

“Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.”
-Emmet Fox

“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

“Pope Benedict actually called Buddhists mental masturbators. The Buddhist reaction was brilliant. They IGNORED it.”
-Jim Paredes

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

“You may be amused by the mistakes or misfortunes of others. But, this does not entitle you to degrade their entire character or make conclusions about their whole person.”
– Former UP College of Law Dean Leonen

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