Quotes on critics / criticism

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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