9 Great Quotes on Criticism

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.
Elvis Presley

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.
William Faulkner

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

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.
Charles Schwab

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

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  • Thanks for the quotes :).

    How you deal with criticism is absolutely huge. The people who seem to succeed have an inner unshakable core while others have their sense of being dependent on others.

  • Carl: Thanks for the comment. I agree, criticism will be hard to handle if you are too dependent on others and validation from them.

  • The Character “Anton Ego”, voiced by Peter O’Toole in Pixar’s “Ratatouille” offers up the following at the climax of the movie. I enjoyed it and think you may find it relevant to this article.

    “In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. …”

    Full quote on IMDB a little past halfway down. The only quote that is a solid, sizable paragraph.

  • Jeff: Thanks for sharing that quote. Haven´t seen Ratatouille yet myself but from all I´ve heard so far it seems to be a great movie (even by Pixar-standards).

  • Great quotes!

    If we’d only accept what we cannot change and understand, and change the things about ourselves that are causing us trouble, we’d all be better off. Besides, I was once taught that when I look critically upon another, I may be looking in the mirror and seeing what I don’t like about myself.

    Thanks for the reminders.

  • Criticism, how about giving the critique the shoes to walk on and see. Then he will realize the gravity of the work one who has done it, with a great effort and sacrifice.

  • Thanks for sharing your Quotes, its make our daily life moving on,
    Wishing you the best for sharing,

    Tracy Ho

  • Mega nice!