Quotes On Criticism
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
Ward, William Arthur

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881), speech, January 24, 1860

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

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

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
Donald H. Rumsfeld (1932 - ), Secretary of Defense

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

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 (1884 - 1962)

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

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

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.
Henry Fielding" (1707 - 1754)

Pay no attention to what the critics say... Remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic!
Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957), quoted in Bengt de Torne "Sibelius: A Close-Up" 1937

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 (1749 - 1834)

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 (1922 - )

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
W. H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
W. Somerset Maugham" (1874 - 1965)

Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.
Zeuxis (~400 BC), from Pliny the Elder, Natural History