Quotes on critics / criticism

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”
– Dale Carnegie
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“The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.”
– Jean de La Bruyère
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“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
– Aristotle
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“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
– John Wooden
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“Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.”
– Emmet Fox
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“When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable.”
– Judith Martin
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“Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”
– Neil Gaiman
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“The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
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“When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.”
– Unknown
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“It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections.”
– Daisaku Ikeda
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“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
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“If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.”
– Calvin Coolidge
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“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
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“I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
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“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.”
– Elvis Presley
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“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.”
– Frank A. Clark
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“People tend to criticize their spouse most loudly in the area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need.”
– Gary Chapman
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“Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.”
– Unknown
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“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
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“Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.”
– Unknown
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“Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.”
– Steve Goodier
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“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
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“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
– Abraham Lincoln
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“I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man’s self-respect is a sin.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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“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
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“One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself”
– Mark Twain
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“That was excellently observed’, say I, when I read a passage in an author, where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I pronounce him to be mistaken.”
– Jonathan Swift
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“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”
– Benjamin Franklin
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“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”
– William Arthur Ward
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“A man interrupted one of the Buddha’s lectures with a flood of abuse.
Buddha waited until he had finished and then asked him:
If a man offered a gift to another but the gift was declined, to whom would the gift belong?
To the one who offered it, said the man.
Then, said the Buddha, I decline to accept your abuse and request you to keep it for yourself.”
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“Children need models rather than critics.”
– Joseph Joubert
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“Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances.”
– Abraham Lincoln
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“We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.”
– Michel de Montaigne
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Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.
Elvis Presley
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Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.
Frank A. Clark
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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
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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
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Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them.
Unknown
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Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.
Dale Carnegie
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When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.
Unknown
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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
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Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
Emmet Fox
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I like criticism. It makes you strong.
~ LeBron James
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Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
~ Winston Churchill
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Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
~ Christopher Hampton
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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
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Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
~ Henry Steele Commager
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If I had listened to the critics, I'd have died drunk in the gutter.
~ Chekov
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To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
~ Elbert Hubbard
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We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.
~ Walt Disney
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If you have no critics you'll likely have no success.
~ Malcolm X
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Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?
~ Paulo Coelho
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Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
~ Brendan Francis Behan
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Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
~ Author Unknown
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Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
~ D. H. Lawrence
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Don't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them.
~ Samuel Goldwyn
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Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market.
~ Barack Obama
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People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
~ W. Somerset Maugham
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The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
~ Norman Vincent Peale
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The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.
~ Criss Jami
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But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.
~ Eric Wright
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People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.
~ W. Somerset Maugham
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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
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Learn to use the criticism as fuel and you will never run out of energy.
~ Orrin Woodward
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Magicians made magic but critics made it tricks.
~ Amit Kalantri
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A critic is a man created to praise greater men than himself, but he is never able to find them.
~ Richard Le Gallienne
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A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
~ Kenneth Tynan
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Actions lie louder than words.
~ Carolyn Wells
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Readers, not critics, are the people who determine a book's eventual fate.
~ Edward Abbey
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Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
~ Eli Wallach
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Critics are our friends, they show us our faults.
~ Benjamin Franklin
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Anybody will do for you, but not for me. I must have somebody.
~ Abraham Lincoln
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The devil's happy when the critics run you off.
~ Criss Jami
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Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.
~ P. G. Wodehouse
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You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything.
~ Gustave Flaubert
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In criticism, I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
~ Edgar Allan Poe
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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
~ Benjamin Disraeli
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When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.
~ Jodi Picoult
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Acknowledge criticism, be not subdued by it, keep it within as a constant reminder, to provoke you enough to fight and disprove it!
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Dear haters, I have so much more for you to be mad at. Just be patient.
~ Mallika Sherawat,
on her critics
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If you can’t cook don’t tell someone their food needs salt.
by: benjamin
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Positive criticism is a good friend. Insincere flattery is a fake friend.
– Dr T.P.Chia
by: Ivy Lee
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No matter how good you are to people, you will always have others criticizing you.
by: sosio
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Whatever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say!!
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Dear haters, don’t criticize me for my flaws and mistakes when you can’t even see your own.
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Criticizing is easy, art is difficult.
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If you’re not doing better than the person you’re talking about, I suggest you STFU!
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Criticizing the weak doesn’t make you any stronger.
by: amanda james
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A critic is a man who judges what he cannot achieve.
by: Elle
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No Matter what you do there will be critics.
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It is better to be criticized by a wise man, rather than being praised by a fool.
by: sabiiti Bernard
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Often people that criticize your life are usually the same people that don’t know the price you paid to get where you are today.
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When someone is trying to bring you down it only means you are higher than them.
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Don’t hide your flaws while looking for mine.
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You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked, try approving of yourself and see what happens.
– Louise L. Hay
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You can criticize me, call me names, put me down- but you will never take away “Me”.
by: elaine
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Some people find fault like there is a reward for it
– Zig Ziglar
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Whatever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say.
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Before we look and say negative thoughts to others, look first at ourselves.
Am I being good to others?
by: Fhe Munoz
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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
– Benjamin Disraeli
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Naive people criticize, never appreciate.
by: odessah
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But instead of spending our lives running towards our dreams, we are often running away from a fear of failure or a fear of criticism.
– Eric Wright
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The price of success is to bear the criticism of envy.
– Denis Waitley
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Criticism alone is not enough, but with solutions a preventive vaccine.
by: takon JUDE kane
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When someone insults you, take it as constructive criticism. You choose what to make of what is said to you.
by: Jordan
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He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.
– Abraham Lincoln
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You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.
by: gill
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It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections.
– Daisaku Ikeda
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I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
– Robert F. Kennedy
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The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.
– Robert F. Kennedy
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You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
– John Wooden
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The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.
– Jean de La Bruyère
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You need a high degree of corruption or a very big heart to love absolutely everything.
– Gustave Flaubert
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Never let anybody bring you down because you were not brought to this earth for criticism.
by: Unathi Jennifer Chinamasa
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You can’t progress unless you learn not only to receive criticism, but also invite criticism.
– Gulzar
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Courage is telling our story, not being immune to criticism.
– Brené Brown
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I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
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A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
– John Wooden
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Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.
– Elvis Presley
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Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.
– William Arthur Ward
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Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
– Elizabeth Harrison
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The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
– Norman Vincent Peale
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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
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You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
– John Wooden
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Instead of being critical of people in authority over you and envious of their position, be happy you’re not responsible for everything they have to do. Instead of piling on complaints, thank them for what they do. Overwhelm them with encouragement and appreciation!
– Joyce Meyer
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He only profits from praise who values criticism.
– Heinrich Heine
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Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.
– Joyce Meyer
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Anyone who has never been criticized has not yet lived.
by: Maduwa Thabo
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Never criticize, unless you can do a better job.
– Laurell K. Hamilton
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The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
– Malcolm X
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People have said things about me, and wrote and criticized me about things in the past, but it goes in one ear and out the other.
– Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much!
– Lewis Carroll
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I know of one good motivation and that is criticism.
by: Maduwa Thabo
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Weak people are driven to despair by little criticism.
by: Maduwa Thabo
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The most destructive criticism is indifference.
– Edgar Watson Howe
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It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one.
– Chuck Palahniuk
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People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.
– W. Somerset Maugham
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Accept criticism and be nothing.
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