89+ Best Criticism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational criticism quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Criticism Quotes

A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.Laurence J. Peter

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving. – Dale Carnegie

Don’t call the alligator, big mouth until you have crossed the river.Belizean (on criticism)

The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things. – Jean de La Bruyère

Don’t judge anyone unless you’ve walked in their moccasins one moon.Native American Proverb

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. – Aristotle

Don’t judge of men’s wealth or piety by their Sunday appearances.Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

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

It is easier to criticize than to do better.Swiss (on criticism)

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

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.unknown

When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable. – Judith Martin

The bad plowman quarrels with his ox.Korean (on criticism)

The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. – Norman Vincent Peale

The human tongue is more poisonous than a bee’s sting.Vietnamese (on criticism)

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

The pen is mightier than the sword.unknown

The rattan basket criticizes the palm – ed bag, yet both are full of holes. – Filipino (on criticism)

It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections. – Daisaku Ikeda

The worst enemy you have is right in your head.unknown

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

When strict with oneself, one rarely fails. – Confucious

If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion. – Calvin Coolidge

Worthless people blame their karma.Burmese (on criticism)

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

You’ll never do anything behind you that won’t come up in front of you. – unknown

I criticize by creation, not by finding fault. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. – Winston Churchill

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. – Frank A. Clark

Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes. – Elvis Presley

There is no defense against criticism except obscurity. – Joseph Addison

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. – Johannes Kepler

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment. – Elbert Hubbard –

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. – Frank A. Clark

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. – Norman Vincent Peale

People tend to criticize their spouse most loudly in the area where they themselves have the deepest emotional need. – Gary Chapman

Don’t criticize what you can’t understand. – Bob Dylan

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own. – Unknown

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. – Aristotle

Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them. – Unknown

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. – Abraham Lincoln

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

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise. – W. Somerset Maugham

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. – Abraham Lincoln

Before you go and criticize the younger generation, just remember who raised them. – Unknown Author

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

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 Author

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

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

One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself – Mark Twain

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. – Dale Carnegie

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

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. – Benjamin Disraeli

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. – Benjamin Franklin

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

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own. – Unknown Author

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

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

Children need models rather than critics. – Joseph Joubert

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

Don’t criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances. – Abraham Lincoln

If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends – you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue. – Alice Miller

Persecution is the first law of society because it is always easier to suppress criticism than to meet it. – Howard Mumford Jones

Nothing is complete and thus nothing is exempt from criticism. – James Luther Adams

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. – David Brinkley

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

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things. – Jean De La Bruyere

If criticism had any power to harm, the skunk would be extinct by now. – Fred Allen

The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known, but tries to hide them, is unfit to walk the highway of truth. – James Allen

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism. – Paul Arden

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise. – Mary Kay Ash

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you. – Zig Ziglar

Criticism should be a casual conversation. – W.H Auden

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

Remember that all is opinion. – Marcus Aurelius

He who throws dirt always loses ground. – Unknown

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. – Oscar Wilde

You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose. – Lou Holtz

A sneer is the weapon of the weak. – James Russell Lowell

One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself. – Mark Twain

Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it. – Sam Rayburn

You can’t let praise or criticisms get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one. – John Wooden

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend’s forehead. – Unknown Author

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. – Plato

The dread of criticism is the death of genius. – William Gilmore Simms

Most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it. – Seth Godin

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