Criticism Quotes

Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe and honestly to award - these are the true aims and duties of criticism.

William G. Simms

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world, though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst, the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!

Laurence Sterne

The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside

Samuel Johnson

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can face the world without lies and deceit, If you can conquer tension without medical help, If you can relax without liquor, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, Then, you are almo.


You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.

John Wooden

Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.

Donald Rumsfeld

A woman's flattery may inflate a man's head a little; but her criticism goes straight to his heart, and contracts it so that it can never again hold quite as much love for her

Helen Rowland

To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.

Franz Grillparzer

Candor is the brightest gem of criticism

Benjamin Disraeli

Propose theories which can be criticized. Think about possible decisive falsifying experiments—crucial experiments. But do not give up your theories too easily—not, at any rate, before you have critically examined your criticism.

Karl Raimund Popper

Not only is the Kyoto approach to global warming wrong-headed, the climate change establishment's suppression of dissent and criticism is little short of a scandal. The IPCC should be shut down… In Europe, where climate change absolutism is at its strongest, the quasi-religion of greenery in general and the climate change issue in particular have filled the vacuum of organised religion, with reasoned questioning of its mantras regarded as a form of blasphemy.

Nigel Lawson

Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.

Edgar Watson Howe

In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100 percent dedication, you wonít be able to do this.

Willie Mays

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.

Walter Benjamin
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