Here are 9 quotes on criticism that I like. Stay tuned for more on criticism on Monday.
Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.
Frank A. Clark
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.
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.
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.
When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.